Alberto Giacometti

“I make pictures and sculpture to attack reality, to defend myself against death and to be as free as possible.”

Alberto Giacometti, a Swiss sculptor painter and drawer, developed in the 1940 ies a depicition where movement and vision meet.

“Femme Bras Tronqués” is a very typical example of his later works. The long and strait forms make us think of Etruscan art.

Giacometti was born 1901 in Borgonova in Switzerland and died 1966 in Chur. His father Giaovanni – a post-impressionist – was his first teacher.

He studied 1919-20 in Geneve and in Paris he followed the teaching of Antoine Bourdelle. He became familiar with cubism and cykladic sculpture andtook part in surrealism 1929-35.

He was awarded the Carnegie International prize for sculpture 1961 in Pittsburgh and the next year the first prize of sculpture on the Venetzian biennale.

“One day when I was drawing a young girl, I suddenly noticed that the only thing that was alive was her gaze. The rest of her head meant no more to me than the skull of a dead man. One does want to sculpt a living person, but what makes him alive is without doubt his gaze… Everything else is only the framework for the gaze.

Additional Information:

Born: 1901
Died: 1966


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