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Giacometti: A Biography

Giacometti, Alberto] Lord, James

ISBN 10: 0571131387 / ISBN 13: 9780571131389
Published by Faber and Faber, London, 1986
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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A very good copy with slight rubbing to wrappers (chiefly at edges); slight internal browning to edges. xiii, [1], 575 pages + plates. "Portions of this book were originally published, in somewhat different form, in The New Criterion" (title page verso); includes bibliography and 2 indexes. Originally published in book format in the US in 1985; printed in Great Britain. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall (tall). Bookseller Inventory # L074589

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Title: Giacometti: A Biography

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Paperback

Illustrator: 53 b/w Illustrations / Plates

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First English Edition.

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Synopsis:

The definitive biography of a fascinating and enigmatic figureAlberto Giacometti is one of the best-known artists of the twentieth century. Born in a Swiss village, he moved to pre-war Paris and went on to play a leading role in the art world, alongside characters such as Picasso, Balthus, Samuel Beckett and Sartre.His passionate and strange life reflects the genius of his works - his gaunt and haunting sculptures and his unsettling paintings. As someone who was personally acquainted with Giacometti and his peers, and who has consolidated his personal knowledge with extensive research, James Lord is uniquely qualified to write Giacometti's biography.

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James Lord met Swiss-born sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) in 1952, when he had moved beyond the mysterious surrealist works that first won him fame (The Palace at 4 A.M.) to the spookily attenuated figures that made him a preeminent profiler of existential unease. Lord astutely chronicles this transformation, and the evaluation of Giacometti's formidable personality is notable for its sensitive delineation of his ambivalent feelings toward women. Without scanting the sculptor's tragic view of life, the author also inspires exhilaration with his portrait of a man who was always true to his art.

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