Alberto Giacometti, 1901-1966
Sculptures dans L’Atelier. Sculptures in the Artist’s Studio
Etching in black ink. 1964. Signed in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 150 (only 3 proof impressions are recorded). Etched in Paris; edition proofed and printed at the Atelier Lacourière, Paris 1964. Edition issued by Galerie Beyeler, Basel 1964.
Ref: Kornfeld/Giacometti – Catalogue des Estampes no 421.
Lust - Giacometti L’Oeuvre Gravé no 185.
Excellent crisp and rich impression. On cream wove paper. Excellent condition. Full sheet with small margins. Plate: 257 x 198mm.
Note: Giacometti spoke and wrote frequently about his way of working in sculpture. He started from an overall approximation of the form that he wanted and then pared it down, both in wood and the plaster for bronzes, by slicing off slivers of material that he did not want. The shape was gradually reduced and reduced until Giacometti felt that only the central essence of the form was expressed.
He found that this sensation of ‘slicing away’ surplus amounts of the initial shape was mentally echoed in the stroke of the etching needle or burin on the surface of an etching copper plate. The sharpness of line is almost tangible.
This highly characteristic study of sculptural works in the studio was chosen by Gallery Beyeler to be issued to the subscribers to the catalogue of the seminal exhibition of Giacometti’s sculpture at their gallery in 1964.
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