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Alberto GIACOMETTI

(1901 - 1966)


Swiss sculptor and painter born in Borgonovo in Val Bregaglia, 10 October, 1901 and died in Chur, 11 January 1966.

It was at the Galerie Maeght in 1951 where Alberto Giacometti could once again have a solo exhibition after the war. Since 1947, Aimé Maeght had bought his sculptures (L’Homme au doigt, Le Nez, Tête sur tige). The large number of works in the Maeght Foundation’s collection (35 major sculptures including two versions of L’Homme qui marche, 30 drawings and nearly a hundred lithographs) reflects this continued interest. The Maeght Foundation has the largest collection of this artist in Europe, along with the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Giacometti Foundation in Paris.
In December 1958, Alberto Giacometti was invited by his gallerist Pierre Matisse to submit a project for a monument to be installed on the square being built in front of the new skyscrapers for the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. Since Giacometti had never set foot in the United States, Gordon Bunshaft, the architect of this urban complex, sent him, in February 1959, the dimensions to create a model of the square in order to help him visualize the space. Giacometti chose to recreate, in larger scale, the three figures that had haunted his work since 1948. For the project he made a large "walking man", a large "standing woman" and a "head" on a pedestal which summarized all his research. In the end, the monument was not set up in New York as the artist had decided not to take part in the competition in 1961. Giacometti chose to produce each of the sculptures in bronze and presented a first version of this set to the Venice Biennale in 1962.  Approached by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, the artist then worked with Josep Lluís Sert, the architect of the Maeght Foundation, to install a version in the building's courtyard which is now called the "Giacometti Courtyard."

L'Homme qui marche IL'Homme qui marche IGrande femme debout I et II
L'Homme qui marche I
L'Homme qui marche I, 1960

Bronze
Ex. Fondation Maeght

© Succession Alberto Giacometti
(Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti
+ ADAGP) Paris 2018
Grande femme debout I et II
L'Homme qui marche I
, 1960

Bronze
Ex. Fondation Maeght

© Succession Alberto Giacometti
(Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti
+ ADAGP) Paris 2018