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Inspired by Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and his sculptures of thin, solitary figures are easily recognisable. Even though he is best known for his work as a sculptor, he was also a painter and draftsman. Let's have a look back at his varied and successful career.

Giacometti was born in 1901 in Switzerland. He began his studies at the school of Fine Arts in Geneva. In the 1920s he left Switzerland to settle in Paris and join the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Montparnasse. The young artist made many important artistic artistic discoveries in the French city. He was particularly fascinated by cubism, African art and ancient sculpture. He created  important surrealist work with a series of dream inspired plaster sculptures. Giacometti exhibited alongside Joan Miro and Jean Arp and officially joined the surrealist group in 1931. This lasted only four years. Giacometti, still in search of his artistic identity, abandoned surrealism and the themes of death and uncertainty in order to create more figurative work with a series of heads.

It was from 1947 onwards that Giacometti began to truly define his own original style that would go on to be so instantly recognisable. He sculpts bronze figures with thin, elongated limbs, often placed in cages or on pedestals. These bodies reduced to their very core might be seen as evoking lone trees in winter that have lost their foliage. Giacometti's sculptures represent an very individualistic and isolated worldview. In 1948, Giacometti met the art dealer Pierre Matisse, the grandson of Henri Matisse, and the two men enjoy a very fruitful and productive working relationship. Matisse organizes the artist's first solo exhibition in New York.

For most of the rest of his career, Giacometti then tended to focus on only three themes: the walking man, the naked standing woman and busts. His sculptures seem to be primarily figurative, but for Giacometti emotion played a huge role in his creative process. His works represented his models as he thought they should be seen.

Towards the end of his life, Giacometti's genius was recognised through numerous awards: the Carnegie Prize in 1961, the sculpture prize at the Venice Biennale in 1962, the Guggenheim Prize in 1964 and in 1965 the International Prize for the Arts in France. Today Giacometti's works are known throughout the world and have been exhibited in the most prestigious museums: the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Pompidou Center, the Tate Modern, the MoMA in New York among others.

Given his brilliant career and creativity, it is not surprising that the Giacometti continues to influence today's artists. Explore our selection of works by emerging and renowned contemporary artists and painters who have drawn inspiration from Giacometti's artwork.

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Marc Vinciguerra, Excommunicator, Sculpture

Marc Vinciguerra

Excommunicator, 2005
7 x 13 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$18,000

Stasys Zirgulis, Angel Of Victory, Sculpture

Stasys Zirgulis

Angel Of Victory, 1994
20.5 x 12.2 x 7.2 inch
Sculpture

$32,696

François Mayu, L'accalmie, Sculpture

François Mayu

L'accalmie, 2017
31.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,473

Pere Sala, Dansa III, Sculpture

Pere Sala

Dansa III, 2014
20.1 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,320

Judith Meulenberg, Girl Power , Sculpture

Judith Meulenberg

Girl Power , 2015
18.1 x 13.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,138

Our recommendations Linde Ergo, Hope in circle, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Hope in circle, 2015
16.1 x 16.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,978

Our recommendations Linde Ergo, L'échelle d'amour, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

L'échelle d'amour, 2018
54.7 x 4.7 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,780

Artigas Planas, Small Aerial II, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Small Aerial II, 2018
11 x 7.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$771

Olivier Messas, Shanghai, Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Shanghai, 2018
16.1 x 3.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,219

Martín Duque, Cheval impressionniste, Sculpture

Martín Duque

Cheval impressionniste, 2017
11 x 15 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$607

Marc Petit, Sur le pont, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Sur le pont, 2017
20.5 x 17.3 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$10,509

Marc Petit, Le père et l'enfant, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le père et l'enfant, 2002
13.8 x 5.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,737

Marc Petit, Le messager, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le messager, 2015
20.5 x 13 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,255

Olivier Messas, L'acrobate, Sculpture

Olivier Messas

L'acrobate, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,219

Olivier Messas, Le marcheur, Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Le marcheur, 2017
18.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,270

Yoann Merienne, Jeune Homme, Sculpture

Yoann Merienne

Jeune Homme, 2018
13.8 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,839

Olivier Messas, Les trois danseuses, Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Les trois danseuses, 2016
15.7 x 20.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,904

Our recommendations Olivier Messas, Amazones, Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Amazones, 2018
24.8 x 6.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,554

Our recommendations Maxime Plancque, N°235, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°235, 2017
42.1 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,569

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe, Un léger penchant, Sculpture

Marie-Laure Gérard-Becuwe

Un léger penchant, 2018
15.7 x 15.4 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,985

Liliane Danino, Une danseuse sur pointe, Sculpture

Liliane Danino

Une danseuse sur pointe, 2013
29.5 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,051

Our recommendations Liliane Danino, Une grande silhouette dans cercle - contorsion 1/1, Sculpture

Liliane Danino

Une grande silhouette dans cercle - contorsion 1/1, 2019
13.8 x 13.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,270

Pinto, Galant, Sculpture

Pinto

Galant, 2017
19.7 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$525

Liliane Danino, Silhouette sur socle-platine Noir 2-8, Sculpture

Liliane Danino

Silhouette sur socle-platine Noir 2-8, 2017
31.5 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$934

Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Sans titre (la femme qui marche), Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Sans titre (la femme qui marche), 2016
19.3 x 6.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,102

Gediminas Endriekus, Harmony, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Harmony, 2018
9.8 x 6.3 x 8.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,270

Alberto Ascaso, Torso existencial 3/8, Sculpture

Alberto Ascaso

Torso existencial 3/8, 2012
17.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,386

Sylvie Derely, Charlotte, Sculpture

Sylvie Derely

Charlotte, 2016
15.7 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,802

Nadine Debay, Le même chemin, Sculpture

Nadine Debay

Le même chemin, 2015
17.7 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$876

Johannes Nielsen, Nature, Sculpture

Johannes Nielsen

Nature, 2017
32.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,839

Tom Merrifield, Swan Lake, Sculpture

Tom Merrifield

Swan Lake, 2013
7.9 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,519

Johannes Nielsen, No Body, Sculpture

Johannes Nielsen

No Body, 2017
29.5 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,628

Johannes Nielsen, Memories, Sculpture

Johannes Nielsen

Memories, 2017
13 x 15 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,839

Pierre Mouzat, Ancestrale pudeur, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Ancestrale pudeur, 2017
23.6 x 5.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,174

Sébastien Ruiz, La fille de l'air, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

La fille de l'air, 2018
64.6 x 16.9 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,102

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie, September, Sculpture

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

September, 2016
14.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,254

Pierre Mouzat, Le violoniste, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Le violoniste, 2017
23.6 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,758

Dieudonné Fokou, Le comteur au Mvet, Sculpture

Dieudonné Fokou

Le comteur au Mvet, 2016
16.5 x 5.1 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,102

Dieudonné Fokou, Sawa fashion, Sculpture

Dieudonné Fokou

Sawa fashion, 2016
14.6 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,051

Rietje Geurts, Vooruitgang, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Vooruitgang, 2017
38.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$9,283

Pierre Mouzat, Juste une question d'amour, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Juste une question d'amour, 2017
23.2 x 13.8 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$19,267

Fernand Greco, Urban tribe, Sculpture

Fernand Greco

Urban tribe, 2017
35.4 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,518

Thierry Dehais, Jazz 3, Sculpture

Thierry Dehais

Jazz 3, 2015
8.3 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$993

Niyi Olagunju, Mumuye III, Sculpture

Niyi Olagunju

Mumuye III, 2017
28 x 2.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,279

Mara Dominioni, L'éveil du printemps, Sculpture

Mara Dominioni

L'éveil du printemps, 2015
16.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,204

Catherine Lopès-Curval, Annette Giacometti, Painting

Catherine Lopès-Curval

Annette Giacometti, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,270

Philippe Buil, Hommage aux maîtres - Chien Giacometti Steel, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Hommage aux maîtres - Chien Giacometti Steel, 2017
4.7 x 11 x 2 inch
Sculpture

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Maxime Plancque, N°229, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°229, 2017
36.6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

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Béatrice Fernando, Sans titre 3.1.1, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Sans titre 3.1.1, 2018
63 x 7.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

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Johannes Nielsen, Illusion of Emptiness, Sculpture

Johannes Nielsen

Illusion of Emptiness, 2017
29.5 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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Thierry Dehais, Grand chat, Sculpture

Thierry Dehais

Grand chat, 2016
12.6 x 4.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

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Florence Sartori, Onde, Sculpture

Florence Sartori

Onde, 2017
29.1 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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Frank Magnus-Hirshfield, Naufrate (Mother of Icarus), Sculpture

Frank Magnus-Hirshfield

Naufrate (Mother of Icarus), 1988
15.7 x 5.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

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