Alberto Giacometti—Sculpture in Plaster
Ernst Scheidegger documents in photographs Giacometti’s works in plaster and offers personal commentary on his friendship with the sculptor.
- Out of Print
1st edition, 2006
120 pages, 114 b/w illustrations
20 x 23 cm
Sculptors have long been fascinated, even seduced, by the possibilities of the human body. From classical Greece’s Doryphoros to Michelangelo’s David, the nude has captivated artists and viewers alike with its simplicity and power. One of the most arresting interpreters of the human form is Alberto Giacometti (1901–66), renowned for haunting nudes so prophetic for the moderns that they were claimed by the surrealist, existentialist, formalist, and expressionist movements in turn. Now, intensely personal photographs of Giacometti’s work are available for the first time in print in Ernst Scheidegger’s Alberto Giacometti – Sculpture in Plaster.
Scheidegger presents photographs he took at Giacometti’s Paris studio and family home in Switzerland. These striking images document Giacometti’s little-seen work in plaster, the intermediate stage of his artistic process before the final bronze casting. They also vividly evoke how the sculptor worked and offer unique insight into Giacometti’s creative process. Scheidegger’s images are accompanied by a personal memoir of his friendship with the artist and an essay by curator Christian Klemm on Giacometti’s sculptural work. This rich collection of photographs provides a surprising new perspective on the way that Giacometti gave his artistic vision physical form.