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Alberto Giacometti
"Annette," Original Black & White Lithograph by Alberto Giacometti

1964-65

$2,400

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"Annette" is an original black and white lithograph by Alberto Giacometti. It depicts the bust of a nude woman in scratchy lines. Annette was Alberto's wife and frequently modeled for his sculptures and drawings. 10" x 7 1/4" art 21 1/4" x 18 5/8" frame Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was born in Borgonovo, a Swiss municipality, to the post-impressionist painter Giovanni Giacometti. In 1922 he moved to Paris to study under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, an associate of Auguste Rodin. It was there that Giacometti experimented with cubism and surrealism and came to be regarded as one of the leading surrealist sculptors. Among his associates were Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Bror Hjorth and Balthus. Between 1936 and 1940, Giacometti concentrated his sculpting on the human head, focusing on the sitter's gaze. He preferred models he was close to, his sister and the artist Isabel Rawsthorne (then known as Isabel Delmer). This was followed by a unique artistic phase in which his statues of Isabel became stretched out; her limbs elongated. Obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly as he envisaged through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size of a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation. A friend of his once said that if Giacometti decided to sculpt you, "he would make your head look like the blade of a knife." After his marriage to Annette Arm in 1946 his tiny sculptures became larger, but the larger they grew, the thinner they became. Giacometti said that the final result represented the sensation he felt when he looked at a woman. In 1962, Giacometti was awarded the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale, and the award brought with it worldwide fame. Even when he 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. The prints produced by Giacometti are often overlooked but the catalogue raisonné, Giacometti - The Complete Graphics and 15 Drawings by Herbert Lust (Tudor 1970), comments on their impact and gives details of the number of copies of each print. Some of his most important images were in editions of only 30 and many were described as rare in 1970. 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, he travelled to the United States in 1965 for an exhibition of his works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As his last work he prepared the text for the book Paris sans fin, a sequence of 150 lithographs containing memories of all the places where he had lived.

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  • Creator
    Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966, Swiss)
  • Creation Year
    1964-65
  • Dimensions
    Height: 21.25 in. (53.98 cm)Width: 18.625 in. (47.31 cm)
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  • Period
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  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10432g1stDibs: LU60532415203

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