Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Art - 372 pages
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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The great Italo-Swiss artist Giacometti has been extensively documented in several books-most notably a catalog of a retrospective exhibition published for his centenary in 2001 by the Museum of ... Read full review

Contents

19011914 Down in the Valley
1
19141919 Coming of Age
24
19201925 Travel Is Broadening Geneva Venice and Rome
39
19251929 Paris Prehistory and Sexuality
59
19291933 One of the Boys Surrealist Splendor
89
19301932 Surrealist Sculpture Themes and Variations
113
19331935 A Double Loss Death and Departure
141
19351941 Transition and Timelessness
156
1947 The Quest for the Absolute and Absolute Elongation
225
19481954 Exuberance and Maturity
246
19551966 Portraits Reprise and Reprisal
269
Chronology
299
The Dream the Sphinx and the Death of T
303
Notes
309
Selected Bibliography
348
Index
363

19401946 The War Years Geneva and Paris
183
19461947 Guilt and Hope A Dream and Three Sculptures
208

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Laurie Wilson is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at NYU Medical Center and teaches at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute.

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