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Schwartz, J.M. Stolorow, R.D. (2013). Interpreting Giacometti. Psychoanal. Perspect., 10(2):400-401.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 10(2):400-401

Interpreting Giacometti

Julia M. Schwartz, MD and Robert D. Stolorow, PhD

FIGURE 1  Alberto Giacometti, “Walking Man I,” 1961, bronze (color figure available online).

The elongated figures typical of Giacometti evoke a feeling of isolation and aloneness, which may evoke grief in us even as we embrace it. The human figure is reduced to its skeletal essence—perhaps to a walking shadow-spirit—and yet is fully grounded, not in collapse. The capacity to embrace fully the vulnerability, tenuousness, and fragility of finite human existing is beautifully conveyed in his works.

These images also seem to concretize the way we think of the analytic process: stripping away intellectual defensive layers in order to find some essential deeper emotional meaning or existential dilemma.

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Schwartz, J.M. and Stolorow, R.D. (2013). Interpreting Giacometti. Psychoanal. Persp., 10(2):400-401

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