Giacometti: Pure Presence

By (artist)Alberto Giacometti Text byPaul Moorhouse

November 24, 2015|
Giacometti: Pure Presence by Alberto Giacometti
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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.
Title:Giacometti: Pure Presence
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:192 pages, 12 X 8.75 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 12 X 8.75 X 0.68 in
Published:November 24, 2015
Publisher:National Portrait Gallery
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781855145320

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