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Alberto Giacometti : myth, magic, and the man
Wilson, Laurie.
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xii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was also one of the most enigmatic. In this new interpretation of Giacometti and his work, art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson demonstrates how the artist's secret beliefs and lifelong fears were embodied in his evocative sculpture, drawings, and paintings." "Wilson's Giacometti was an extremely imaginative child who entwined fantasy and real-life experiences. As he matured, the artist combined fact and fancy into evolving myths, part conscious and part unconscious. Drawing on biographical data uncovered during a decade of research, Wilson reconstructs traumatic events and issues in Giacometti's life - including family births and deaths, world wars and their aftermath, and his intense and ambivalent relationship with his parents - and examines their profound effects on his artistic evolution. These startling new interpretations will forever change the way we understand both the man and his work."--Jacket.
1901-1914: Down in the Valley -- 1914-1919 Coming of Age -- 1920-1925: Travel Is Broadening: Geneva, Venice, and Rome -- 1925-1929: Paris, Prehistory, and Sexuality -- 1929-1933: One of the Boys: Surrealist Splendor -- 1930-1932: Surrealist Sculpture: Themes and Variations -- 1933-1935: A Double Loss: Death and Departure -- 1935-1941: Transition and Timelessness -- 1940-1946: The War Years: Geneva and Paris -- 1946-1947: Guilt and Hope: A Dream and Three Sculptures -- 1947: The Quest for the Absolute and Absolute Elongation -- 1948-1954: Exuberance and Maturity -- 1955-1966: Portraits: Reprise and Reprisal.
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