Alberto Giacometti

Considered as one of the most important artists of our time, the legacy of Giacometti’s art has continued to inspire and influence artists through the generations from Henry Moore to Francis Bacon. Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland as the eldest of four children to well known post impression painter Giovanni Giacometti. Immersed in an artistic background with his godfather Cuno Amiet being a Fauvist painter while his cousin Augusto is a Surrealist painter, Giacometti developed an interest in art from a young age, along with his brothers Diego and Bruno whereby all 3 brothers subsequently became established artists. Giacometti studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva from 1919-20 and in Italy from 1920-21. He moved to Paris in 1922 where he studied at Archipenko's studio, later studying for five years at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière under Bourdelle. It was in Paris that he came into association with other renowned artists the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and French philosopher, eminent authority in existentialism - Jean Paul Sartre. It was during this period that Giacometti was exposed to the concept of Existentialism which made him break away from the traditional notion of sculpture that gradually molded his distinctive Surrealistic style. In 1931, Giacometti participated in André Breton’s Surrealist movement, as an active member of Breton’s group and an essential key figure in the surrealist movement. Though Giacometti was subsequently removed from the group in 1935, his works continued to reflect his pursuit of Surrealism through his dreamlike sculptures characterised by elongated and willowy figures with a raw eroded texture. Though better known for his sculptures, Giacometti was also a multi disciplinary artist, producing paintings as well as prints and decorative art objects. From 1950s, Giacometti has firmly established his unique signature style with the iconic ‘walking men’ sculpture series, which brought him international fame and critical recognition by 1960. He has been garnered numerous accolades in his lifetime such as the First Prize for Sculpture at the Pittsburgh International in 1961, the main prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale 1962 and the Guggenheim International Award for Painting 1964. The art of Giacometti is much prized and sort after by both international museums and private collectors around the world.

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