Spoon Woman (Femme cuillère), 1926 (cast 1954) Bronze, 56 3/4 x 20 x 9 in. (144.1 x 50.8 x 22.9 cm.)
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas
Giacometti moved from his native Switzerland to Paris in 1922 to pursue his art studies and quickly came under the influence of various avant-garde movements. Spoon Woman, the largest and most totemic of his early sculptures, clearly displays these new interests. The figure's blocky head, chest, and feet reflect the geometry of Cubism. The large concave abdomen seems to derive from African spoon figures. And the theme of fertility and sexuality, expressed primarily by the concave, womb-like midsection, owes much to Surrealist iconography. The figure became popularly known as "Spoon Woman" from the time of its first exhibition in 1927, but Giacometti always preferred the more general title of Femme grande (Large Woman).