Alberto Giacometti was born in Stampa, Switzerland, in 1901. His father was a famous painter. In 1919, he enrolled in Geneva’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1922, he arrived in Paris and studied at La Grande Chaumière in Bourdelle’s studio. His first exhibit was at the Salon des Tuileries in 1925. In 1927, he settled into a studio on Rue Hippolyte Maindron with his brother Diego. He formed ties with the surrealists, including André Masson and André Breton. In the early 1930s, Alberto worked with Diego to create lamps, vases, and other items for decorator Jean-Michel Frank, whose death in 1941 ended their collaboration. In 1942, he went back to Switzerland and did not return to Paris until after the war. In 1955, his reputation was cemented by three solo exhibits in Germany, New York, and London. He passed away in 1966.


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