Alberto Giacometti Studio with Sculptures 159 Derriere Le Miroir 1961 Lithograph


Alberto Giacometti
Studio with Sculptures – 159 – Derriere Le Miroir – 1961
Print – Lithograph 15” x 11”
Giacometti’s studio was located in Paris at 46 rue Hippolyte Maindron, off of the rue d’Alésia. He worked there from 1927 until his death in 1965. This lithograph was created during a period in which Giacometti, Swiss born artist, created works reflecting placidness, understatement, and stability of composition, ultimately giving rise to an atmosphere of serenity. Despite the manifest tranquility, rapid execution is suggested by the ease taken in creating the loose lines. Giacometti was accustomed to drawing with lithographic crayon on transfer paper rather than on stone, a technique that created works which resembled crayon drawing. This technique preserved every line Giacometti put down since this particular method made it impossible to erase lines.

Studio interiors were typical subjects for Giacometti’s lithographs from the 1950s onward. This particular subject is considered psychoanalytical by some because it is a refection, in a sense, of Giacometti as an artist. Giacometti’s studio interiors also often included some of his sculptures as we can see on the right hand side of this lithograph. The inclusion of sculptures alludes to Giacometti being intrigued by creating studies of his finished sculptures. When asked about these sculpture studies, Giacometti expressed his feelings towards the process: “Sometimes I’m surprised I was so good, and sometimes that I missed the mark so far. But of course when drawing them one sees them in an entirely different way, one sees their mood rather than their form” (Lust 1970, p.74).

From the May 1961 edition of the French art periodical “Derriere Le Miroir” no. 127 with 14 original lithographs, two doublepage published by Maeght Editeur, Paris in new condition

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Alberto Giacometti, a Swiss sculpturer painter and drawer, developed in the 1940s a form of depicition where movement and vision meet.

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

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 38 × 4 × 4 in