The Studio of Giacometti by Jean Genet

The Studio of Giacometti by Jean GenetThe Studio of Giacometti by Jean Genet
  • Year2017
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition3000
  • Pages96
  • BindingPaperback
  • Price410 RUB
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A great French author remembers a great Swiss artist who was his close friend for over ten years.

The book presents a stream of Genet’s memories and impressions of the time he spent in the Paris studio of Swiss artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, with impromptu analyses of particular works and an attempt to pinpoint that special feature which made Giacometti one of the most extraordinary modernist artists, and indeed one of the biggest sculptors in history.

Genet met Giacometti in 1954, when both were already famous and acclaimed. Genet would often visit the artist in his studio, and Giacometti started painting the author’s portrait—that was the beginning of a friendship, which resulted in these reminiscences. Studying Giacometti’s drawings and sculptures, Genet admires the artist’s ability to capture the very essence of objects and people he portrays and cut off everything unnecessary to leave a pure and wonderful form. Another aspect of Giacometti’s sculpture he praises is the way they appear to be constantly in motion, even if obviously still:

«Nothing is <…> at rest. Perhaps because each angle (made with Giacometti’s thumb when he was modelling the clay) or curve, or lump, or crest, or torn tip of metal are themselves not at rest. Each of them still emits the sensibility that created them. No point, no ridge that outlines or lacerates space is dead.».


Jean Genet (1910–1986) was a French novelist, playwright, poet and political activist. He received international acclaim for the novels Our Lady of the Flowers (1944) and The Thief's Journal (1949) and the plays The Maids (1947), The Balcony (1956), and The Blacks (1959).