Alberto Giacometti

Drawings and Watercolours. The Bruno Giacometti Bequest

Monique Meyer

Monique Meyer

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

96 pages | 144 color plates, 3 halftones | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9783858814319 Published August 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901–66) was one of the leading surrealist sculptors and inarguably one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. His sculptures and drawings—displaying emaciated figures isolated in space—offer a revealing look into issues of mortality, embodiment, and the human condition, while giving physical expression to Giacometti’s twin obsessions, the human form and the alienation of modern life. In this book, Monique Meyer presents previously unpublished drawings and watercolors by the prolific artist from the collection Giacometti’s youngest brother Bruno bequeathed to Kunsthaus Zürich.
           
Comprising about one hundred of Giacometti’s works on paper, this well-guarded family treasure represents the artist’s entire life, from his youth in Stampa, Switzerland to his later years in Paris. This collection includes very early copies of works by old masters as well as studies of ancient Egyptian and Roman sculptures from the 1920s. It also shows how closely Giacometti looked at the art of Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Auguste Rodin, which then led to highly individual interpretations of their work. In addition, it contains important drawings of some of Giacometti’s relatives along with self-portraits, alpine landscapes from his native Val Bregaglia, and masterful figure studies from the 1950s and 60s.
           
Featuring 144 color images, this concise book features the first selection of these works the world has seen alongside an essay on their history and significance and an illustrated catalogue of the entire collection.
Contents
Preface

"One must cling solely, exclusively to drawing." On Alberto Giacometti's drawings and copies.

Biography

List of Works

All Drawings and Watercolours by Alberto Giacometti from the Bruno Giacometti Bequest 2012

Quoted and Proposed Literature

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