Alberto Giacometti


Studio in Paris in 1958

“Alberto Giacometti (…10 October 1901 – 11 January 1966) was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Beginning in 1922, he lived and worked mainly in Paris but regularly visited his hometown Borgonovo to see his family and work on his art. Giacometti was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. His work was particularly influenced by artistic styles such as Cubism and Surrealism. Philosophical questions about the human condition, as well as existential and phenomenological debates played a significant role in his work. Around 1935 he gave up on his Surrealist influences in order to pursue a more deepened analysis of figurative compositions. Giacometti wrote texts for periodicals and exhibition catalogues and recorded his thoughts and memories in notebooks and diaries. His critical nature led to self-doubt about his own work and his self-perceived inability to do justice to his own artistic vision. His insecurities nevertheless remained a powerful motivating artistic force throughout his entire life. … In Giacometti’s whole body of work, his painting constitutes only a small part. After 1957, however, his figurative paintings were equally as present as his sculptures. The almost monochrome paintings of his late work do not refer to any other artistic styles of modernity. … Regarding Giacometti’s sculptural technique and according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘The rough, eroded, heavily worked surfaces of Three Men Walking (II), 1949, typify his technique. Reduced, as they are, to their very core, these figures evoke lone trees in winter that have lost their foliage. Within this style, Giacometti would rarely deviate from the three themes that preoccupied him—the walking man; the standing, nude woman; and the bust—or all three, combined in various groupings.’  …”
Wikipedia
LitHub: Finding Humanity and Humility in Alberto Giacometti
NY Times: A Safe Haven for Giacometti’s Restored Studio
Guggenheim – Let’s Talk Art: Giacometti and the City
YouTube: Giacometti (1967), Giacometti in his workshop in TICINO in SWITZERLAND 1961-1965, Alberto Giacometti’s ‘Portrait of James Lord’


Giacometti’s Tall Woman, Monumental Head, and Walking Man

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