Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti (October 10, 1901 – January 11, 1966) was a surrealist sculptor and painter. Giacometti was talented in four mediums — sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Artistic Analysis

Giacometti was a key player in the Existentialist movement and his work can be best described as Formalist. Even after his excommunication from the Surrealist group, while the intention of his sculpting was usually imitation, the end products were undoubtedly an expression, not of the physical form of the subject, but of his emotional response to it. He attempted to create renditions of his models the way he saw them, and the way he thought they ought to be seen.