Giacometti: Pure Presence

Moorhouse, Paul

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2015. Hardcover. Since his death at the age of sixty four in 1966, Alberto Giacometti has become recognised internationally as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century and sales of his sculptures now achieve record - breaking prices. This book looks at the various phases of the artist's career and more. Num Pages: 192 pages, 100 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: ACXD; AFKB; AGB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 311 x 228 x 23. Weight in Grams: 1304. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Taking its title from Jean-Paul Sartre, who described Giacometti's endeavor to give "sensible expression" to "pure presence," this book explores the artist's work in relation to existentialist ideas. Spanning painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, Giacometti's oeuvre ranges from surrealist objects to images of the human figure, with portraits of particular individuals at the center.
This book looks at the various phases of the artist's career and explores in detail his depiction of his main sitters, including his mother; Diego his brother; his wife Annette; Jean Genet the playwright; Caroline, a prostitute; and his friends Yanaihara and Lotar. Early drawings, paintings and sculptures of family members and his own image demonstrate Giacometti's awareness of Post-Impressionist and Divisionist styles.
From 1946 Giacometti resumed painting and depicting individuals became central to his work. After 1954, when he began making sculpture from life, his portraits expressed a dialogue between painting and sculpture.

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