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Alberto Giacometti (died 1966 ages 64) – Created abstract tall and slender sculptures

(Pronounced al-buh-tow jah-kuh-met-ee)

Giacometti - Jacked up to a height that met me at eye level, but they got stretched

His sculptures were too small so they were jacked up so they met me (Giacometti) at eye level but in so doing they were stretched and became tall and slender.

Note: Giacometti's sculptures were famous for being abstract, tall and slender.

His sculptures were too small so they were jacked up so they met me (Giacometti) at eye level but in so doing they were stretched and became tall and slender.

To remember his first name was Alberto imagine seeing an owl that is slightly burnt (Alberto) resting on the shoulder of one of his sculptures.

To remember his first name was Alberto imagine seeing an owl that is slightly burnt (Alberto) resting on the shoulder of one of his sculptures.

From his studio in Paris the Swiss artist came to be recognised for his extremely tall, stretched, slender sculptures. The surface was continuously being reworked to give it a deep coarse, textured finish.

Alberto Giacometti rarely deviated from three themes: The walking man, the standing nude woman or the bust. When he did deviate it would also be extraordinary, see how he does a dog.

His studio was extremely shabby, cramped and unkempt, even after he gained fame and wealth. 

Giacometti worked with chicken wire, plaster or clay and sometimes painted the surfaces before the finished sculptures were sent to the foundry to be turned into bronze sculptures. His sculptures command the highest prices in auctions in the world.

A representation of The Walking Man, 1960

A representation of The Walking Man, 1960

"Giacometti's Dog at MOMA" by Andurinha is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

"Giacometti's Dog at MOMA" by Andurinha is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Not as well known, but equally as provocative is Giacometti's drawings and monochromatic paintings completed as if the pen, charcoal, oils, pencils or inks he used never left the page.

"Caroline, 1961, Alberto Giacometti" by Bob Ramsak is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

"Caroline, 1961, Alberto Giacometti" by Bob Ramsak is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Nobody before had created - Very stretched, slender, tall, textured, bronze statues.

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