Saturday, December 11, 2010
Although he trained in Geneva, Alberto Giacometti settled and worked mostly in Paris. He began working in sculpture with Antoine Bourdelle, but embraced Surrealism in 1930 on meeting Andre Breton. He also was interested in the intellectual aspects of Existentialism and studied in their circle with leader Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1935, Giacometti was forced out of the Surrealist movement and began to develop his own style of unusual, ghostly figure paintings. His sculpture contained the same abstract elements, most notably his bronze statue, Thin Man.