1901 BORGONUOVO – 1966 CHUR, SWITZERLAND
“LENINE EST MORT” 1925
FIGURE STUDIES ON NEWSPRINT
An early pencil drawing by one of the 20th century’s most important artists. His sculptures of “Walking Man” have auctioned in excess of $100 million dollars. Drawn on a page entitled, “Lettre a Boris Souvarine”.
JAMES LORD ATTRIBUTION
Giacometti’s friend and biographer hand signed his authentication of the sketch on a page that was pasted to the reverse of the newsprint. It is now separated and conserved along with the drawing. Authentication by James Lord was affixed to the reverse of the newsprint, when conserved it was separated. “Ce dessin est de la main d’Alberto Giacometti, James Lord.”
The story of Alberto Giacometti reads like a story about a man wholly dedicated to his art, living and working in a small Paris studio. The sketch of figures prefigures his devotion to disaffected strangers: a mind wandering lonely plazas amidst the blindly led population walking past one another.
Giacometti preferred doodling on printed matter, here, for example, overwriting dissonant content from the sketch. The extracted page is from a socialist journal describing the death of revolutionary hero, Boris Souvarine. The only correlation to the content of the text is from the point-of-view of its former owner, Professor Daniel Bell, noted Harvard scholar who spent his academic career chronicling the political movements of the day.
Provenance: from the collection of Prof. and Mrs. Daniel Bell. Dr. Bell was one of the most celebrated public intellectuals of the twentieth century.
Graphite pencil on printed page, drawn on newsprint of a journal.
DIMENSIONS: 7′ x 5 1/4″