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  Diego Giacometti

Marchesseau, Daniel
Other(s) author(s) : Leymarie, Jean, [hitzaurregile]Language : EnglishNew York : Harry N. Abrams ; Paris : Hermann, 1987216 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 29 cmIrudia (finkoa ; bidementsiokoa). (Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeISBN : 0-8109-0998-7.Giacometti, Diego (1902-1985) | Design -- Artists | Diego Giacometti (Wikipedia es) | (Wikipedia en)
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The only major monograph on one of this century's greatest and most influential artist-craftsmen, Diego Giacometti is also the first book to which Giacometti himself contributed. Begun in collaboration with the artist, who worked closely with the authors until his sudden death in 1985, this volume presents Diego Giacometti's oeuvre almost in its entirety and offers many heretofore unpublished insights into his life and work. A very private man notorious for his modesty, Diego had previously shunned the spotlight, preferring instead to showcase the work of his brother, the internationally renowned painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. During his lifetime he had consistently refused even to exhibit his work; now, after his death, Diego Giacometti has come to be recognized as an artist and a sculptor in his own right.
From his childhood in a small village in Switzerland, through his adolescent wanderings, his collaborative efforts with his brother in Paris, and his coming-of-age as a furniture-maker and sculptor, all the way up to the pinnacle of his career -his last and greatest commission, the furniture and lighting fixtures for the Musée Picasso in Paris- Diego's intellectual and technical developments are probed in this book. Daniel Marchesseau, conservator of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, examines the work that made Diego famous: his bronze-cast tables, chairs, and accessories, and the tiny bestiary that decorated them; his bronze and plaster sculpture; and the work he completed for his brother Alberto. Jean Leymarie, director of the Villa Medicis in Rome, discusses in his preface the relationship between the two brothers. Complementing their analyses are an interview with Dominique Bozo, director of the Musée Picasso; comments by collectors and friends of the artist; and 310 superb illustrations, including 26 in full color, some by such world-framous photographers as Henri Cartier_Bresson and Martine Franck. A list of editions of Diego Giacometti's work and their numbers rounds out the volume
Throughout his life Diego Giacometti imbued his work with his poetic imagination and his own personal view of nature. The authenticity and originality of his compositions have brought him many devotees over the years, yet even when the magnitude and complexity of the project of furnishing the Hôtel Salé for the Musée Picasso finally forced him to assert his mastery as both sculptor and designer, he never lost his modesty or his sense of wonder. As Jean Leymarie writes in the preface, "Respected by the best creators of his time, loved by the peasants of his village and the working-class people of his brother and his legendary glory, Diego was a unique specimen of noble independence and amused sagacity. Rarer and perhaps more precious, his destiny as a poetcraftsman was slowly, silently forged, uniting the care of the functional with the charm and freshness of the marvelous".

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