Born in Switzerland in 1901, Alberto Giacometti was encouraged to take up a career in art by his artist father. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Geneva before relocating to Paris in 1922. Here Giacometti attended sculpture classes at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and circulated among artists such as Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst. In the early 1930s, Giacometti played an integral role in the Parisian Surrealist movement; his sculptures Spoon woman and Woman with her throat cut date from this period. Toward the end of the 1930s, Giacometti’s iconic elongated figural sculptures began to emerge.

In 1962, Giacometti was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Grand Prize for Sculpture. Though famous for his sculptures, Giacometti also produced many graphic works throughout his artistic career. The Kenneth Tyler Collection features two lithographs which Giacometti created at Gemini Ltd in 1965. The prints, Standing woman and Seated figure (woman), are typical examples of Giacometti’s graphics, both featuring a solitary figure in an interior.
Emilie Owens
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