The sculptor, painter, and graphic artist Alberto Giacometti is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His works top the lists of the most highly valued artworks. Cubism, Surrealism and many intellectual streams of his time influence Giacometti’s work. He took stimulus and inspiration for his works and his own artistic style from philosophy, Existentialism, through Parisian friendships with Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso, the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. His characters are defined by noticeably and overly long extremities and bodies, and give the impression of fragility. Aside from sculptures and paintings, Giacometti’s work comprises drawings, aquarelles and printed graphics, which depict man and his loneliness.
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