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Alberto Giacometti at the Centre Pompidou :
At the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Centre Pompidou presented recently an Exhibition of 200 works of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).
Endless quest towards reality...
This selection of drawings from the years of apprentissage gives the possibility to analyse the classical and modern nature of the Giacometti's drawing.
"The practise of drawing is the necessary mean by which Giacometti can "see"; the white of the paper is the most immediate and also the most anxious place in order to capture the living presence of the being or the object in the space and light."
Swiss sculptor and painter, Alberto Giacometti hailed from a family of artists - his father Giovanni (1868-1933) and his uncle Augusto (1877-1947) were both painters. His young brother Diego, born in 1902, was his assistant, but also developed his personal career as a sculptor. "Having Diego was like possessing four hands instead of two."
Alberto Giacometti himself began his career by studying painting in Geneva from 1919 - 1920.
The Exhibition "Alberto Giacometti. Le dessin à l'œuvre" was presented under the patronage of the Crédit Suisse First Boston.
In 1937, he collaborated with Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) on decorations for the Air and Railways pavilions at the Exposition Universelle.
Nevertheless, his life was difficult, and he planned to abandon painting and to embark on cinema. For several years, he continues to explore cubism through still-lifes, interiors or landscapes, with some frequent returns to the example of Cézanne, who has been his permanent reference.
He gradually developed towards a colorful abstraction of semi-geometrical forms. By the 1950s he was recognized as an outstanding representative of the school of Tachism whose members derived their abstractions from natural appearances in the manner taught by Roger BISSIERE (1888-1964). His colour remained always both subtle and bold.
Reference : Harry Bellet