Alberto Giacometti - Paris sans fin 1958-65
Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) was not only a sculptor, but also an outstanding painter, draughtsman and graphic artist. The idea for the principal work Paris sans fin arose during a meeting with the publisher Tériade, at which Giacometti, observing the bustling street life of the French capital after a visit to a café, exclaimed: ″Ah! Paris ... Paris without end!″.
Towards the end of his life, Giacometti worked intensely on this book work, which consists of a total of 150 original lithographs. Published posthumously in 1969, the book’s text and images are a passionate testimony to the place he loved best – Paris.
Together, the lithographs describe a pictorial, almost cinematic, everyday stroll through the city’s streets and squares. They tell of encounters with female acquaintances, as well as of visits to the Natural History Museum and the lithography workshop l’Atelier Mourlot. We see public monuments and café and bar scenes from Montparnasse, with cigarette machines and absinthe. Some of the lithographs also depict the intimate working space of the studio.