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Alberto Giacometti - Diego

Giacometti, Alberto (1901 - 1966)
Diego 1950
Oil on canvas
h 80.0 x w 58.4 cm (frame: h 87.0 x w 65.5 x d 4.0 cm)
UEA 52
© The Estate of Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris and ADAGP, Paris), licensed in the UK by ACS and DACS, London 2014.

This is a portrait of Alberto Giacometti’s brother Diego, seated on a bed in the artist’s studio. The studio and its contents are scaled in proportion to Diego himself. This is a good example of Giacometti’s approach to painting between 1948-1955, highly worked and linear but full of light, space and limited colour. His later paintings tend to feature dense grey backgrounds, or show heavily worked heads suspended in the middle of the canvas.

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