Alberto Giacometti (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto dʒakoˈmetti]; 10 October 1901 – 11 January 1966) was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. His parents were Giovanni and Annetta and his family grew up with art. His father was a Post-Impressionist painter.
Portrait of Alberto-Giacometti (etching by Jan Hladík, 2002)
|Died||11 January 1966 (aged 64)|
Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland
|Education||The School of Fine Arts, Geneva|
|Known for||Sculpture, Painting, Drawing|
|Movement||Surrealism, Expressionism, Cubism, Formalism|
|Awards||"Grand Prize for Sculpture" at 1962 Venice Biennale|
When he was ten, he began drawing with pencil and crayon and sending his drawings to his godfather, Amiet. Then he started to use oils and he painted his first photo of a face at the age of 12. He used his siblings as models.
In 1915, he went to the Evangelical School in the town of Schiers. He left school in 1919. He continued to develop his art skills in Geneva where he enrolled at the École des Arts Industriels. He travelled to Venice, Padua, Florence and Rome. Here, he was influenced by the collections of Egyptian art he studied. African and Oceanic art also inspired him. He also focused on the surrealism of art. Example of this are Suspended Ball and The Palace at 4 a.m.
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