Alberto Giacometti


Alberto Giacometti

1901 - 1966, Born in Borgonovo (Switzerland)


Born in the Engadine mountains of Switzerland in 1901, Alberto Giacometti quickly became familiar with post-impressionist and symbolist painting through his father, a painter. 

After moving to France in 1922, Giacometti’s work developed in the direction of post-cubism, before he joined the Surrealist group. In 1935 Giacometti broke away from the avant-garde and returned to working with live models. He was constantly destroying and reworking his sculptures, and his subjects seem to disappear in his ongoing attempts to “see” reality. Working with the form of a head, bust or standing figure, immobile or moving, Giacometti became obsessed with the human figure as his only subject, constantly trying to bring a presence into the world. He pursued this quest through sculpture and painting until the end of his life.

Selected Bibliography

Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, Suisse) ; Ulf, Küster. Giacometti : [exhibition, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, May 31-October 11, 2009]. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, 2009.

Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (Paris) ; Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti (Zurich, Suisse) ; Wiesinger, Véronique. L'atelier d'Alberto Giacometti : collection de la Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti : [exposition, Centre Pompidou, Galerie 1, Paris, du 17 octobre au 11 février 2008]. Paris : Centre Georges Pompidou, 2007. 

Genet, Jean ; Scheidegger, Ernest. L'atelier d'Alberto Giacometti. Paris : Gallimard, 2007. (L'Arbalète). 

Giacometti, Alberto. Alberto Giacometti : Écrits, articles, notes et entretiens. Paris : Hermann, 2007. (Collection savoir / sur l'art). 

Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (Paris) ; Pagé, Suzanne. Alberto Giacometti : sculptures, peintures, dessins : [exposition, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris], 30 novembre 1991-15 mars 1992. Paris : Paris-Musées, 1991.

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