Alberto Giacometti






Pencil on paper

Late 1930s

13 x 10 in. (33 x 25.5 cm.)

signed lower left

Approuvé par le Comité Giacometti/Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Mars 2016, AGD #3565



Alberto Giacometti was born in 1901 in the small mountain town of Borgonovo, Switzerland. His father, Giovanni Giacometti was a Post-Impressionist painter who contributed to some of the young artist’s first exposures to the art world. After graduating from the Ecole des Arts Industriels in Geneva, Giacometti was welcomed into the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. During this period in his career, before the Second World War, Giacometti typically developed surreal sculptural forms that were often reminiscent of toys and games. After the war, his philosophy turned Existentialist and his work began to mimic that thinking; it attempted to wrestle with the key ideas of the movement—perception and alienation. His figurative depictions were often aimed towards becoming a symbol of post-war trauma through the imagery of a suffering human being.