Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Giacometti was a popular artist and sculptor renowned for his complete dedication to his work. Alberto Giacometti is best known for is sculptures of the human form, stretched out with elongated limbs.
Following a trip to Venice and Rome in 1920, during which Giacometti developed a passion for the work of Tintoretto
and Giotto, Alberto Giacometti resolved to recover the innocent gaze of
man's origins through primitive art and anthropology. In 1922 Alberto
Giacometti moved to Paris to study under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle,
an associate of Auguste Rodin. It was there that Alberto
cubism and surrealism. Among Alberto Giacometti's associates were Joan Miró,
Pablo Picasso and Balthus. It was at this point Alberto Giacometti
started writing and drawing for his magazine "Le surréalisme au Service
de la Révolution" and he began to establish himself as a leading
sculptor of the Surrealist movement.
Just like his sculptures, Giacometti's drawings and paintings depict the
lost human being in the emptiness of space with great intensity and
sensibility. The formal characteristics are a graphic network of lines,
with which Alberto Giacometti extracted volumes from areas, and an
almost monochrome color scheme used in his paintings.
Even when Alberto Giacometti had achieved popularity and his work was in
demand, he still reworked models, often destroying them or setting them
aside to be returned to years later. In his later years Giacometti's
works were shown in a number of large exhibitions throughout Europe.
Riding a wave of international popularity, and despite his declining
health, Alberto Giacometti traveled to the United States in 1965 for an
exhibition of his works at the New York Museum of Modern Art.