Considered a significant artist of the 20th century, Alberto Giacometti has created an emblematic oeuvre of modern art, combining traditional techniques and styles with avant-garde concepts.

Whilst his early works are considered to reflect the teaching of Antoine Bourdelle, he progressed to a post-Cubist and surrealist style before transitioning to the incomparable style of his post-war works. This book offers a unique insight into Giacometti’s sculptures. Richly illustrated, this book shows the development of the artist and his style by considering the great sculptors he met during his career: Rodin, Bourdelle, Despiau, Maillol, Brancusi, Laurens, Lipchitz, Zadkine, Csaky and Richier.

This includes numerous photographs and lithographs taken from Giacometti’s studio which clearly highlight, when compared to Maillol’s studio, the creative space where he spent his whole life producing world-renowned works of art.

Three original essays by art historians: Valérie Da Costa, Catherine Grenier and Agnès de La Beaumelle each allow us to understand the context of this decisive period in sculpture. This includes documents written by Giacometti where he discusses his contemporaries (Laurens, Richier) as well as an interview with the artist in 1962, which when combined bear witness to the issues and concerns of a modern sculptor.

Musée Maillol, Paris, 14 September 2018-20 January 2019