alberto and annette giacometti

Alberto and Annette Giacometti, Café Express, Paris, December 1957. The Unseen Giacometti - Unknown Photographs and Drawings (Scheidegger & Spiess, Zürich, 2011)

“He was obstinately faithful to his own time, which must have seemed to him rather like his own skin: the sack into which he was born. In that sack he simply could not in all honesty overcome his conviction that he had always been and always would be totally alone.

To hold such a view of life requires a certain kind of temperament. It is beyond me to define that temperament precisely. It was visible in Giacometti’s face. A kind of endurance lightened by cunning. If man was purely animal and not a social being, all old men would have this expression. One can glimpse something similar in Samuel Beckett’s expression.”

— John Berger “Giacometti” (1966)

Photo: Alberto Giacometti working in his studio, Paris, 1960, by Annette Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti painting Hippolyte-Maindron street from the entrance door to the studio’s courtyard, summer 1952

Gelatin silver print on paper, 24,7 x 20 cm

Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 2003-1746

Photo : Roger Montandon © Succession Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris et ADAGP, Paris)