Alberto Giacometti valuations
Born in Borgonovo, Switzerland to a family of art tradition, Giacometti studied at the Geneva School of Fine Arts before moving to Paris in 1922, where he met influential figures such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Jean-Paul Sartre. He became particularly fascinated by Sartre’s writings, and was influenced by the ideas of Existentialism to break with sculptural traditionsContinue reading
After going through periods of Surrealism and Cubism, Giacometti established his unique aesthetic style with stark, thin figurative sculptures and expressive portraits made through intense observation. His signature long and thin sculptures became the symbol of human suffering in the post-war context. By the 1960s, Giacometti had achieved worldwide recognition, receiving the top prize at the 1962 Venice Biennale and a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965. His work was an inspiration for acclaimed artists such as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Francis Bacon. Giacometti’s works are known with their auction records for sculpture worldwide. In November 2000 a Giacometti bronze, “Grande Femme Debout I”, sold for $14.3 million. Another works from the same series, “Grande Femme Debout II” was bought by the Gagosian Gallery for $27.4 million at Christie's New York on May 6, 2008. “L'Homme qui marche I”, a life-sized bronze sculpture of a man, became one of the most expensive works of art and the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction of the time, on February 2, 2010, when it sold for £65 million at Sotheby's, London. However, this was only a start compared to L'Homme au doigt (Pointing Man), which sold for $141.3 million with fees, in Christie's May 11, 2015. The work had been in the same private collection for 45 years and it was a record for a sculpture at auction.