Lithographs by Alberto Giacometti

30 November 2015

We are pleased to have recently acquired a selection of Alberto Giacometti lithographs made in 1961.

Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter and printmaker. He was born in Borgonovo in 1901 and attended the Geneva School of Fine Art. In the early 1920′s he moved to Paris and, whilst associating with Miro, Ernst and Picasso, he began to experiment with Cubism and Surrealism. He was soon regarded as one of the leading sculptors of his generation and in the 1940′s he started to focus on the human form. His thin and elongated figures made in bronze were an expressive statement at a time when Europe was still reeling from the Second World War.

From the 1950′s and up to his death in 1966 he created a large number of portraits featuring many people he knew including his family and friends. The lithographs made during this period mainly portray solitary figures and are a poignant reflection on the human condition.

Head and shoulders