Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966
P77122 The Studio I 1954
Lithograph on Arches paper 540 x 439 (21 1/4 x 17 1/4) Published by Editions Maeght, Paris, in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘Alberto Giacometti' below image b.r., ‘7/30' b.l. and ‘Atelier I' on back b.r.
Purchased from Berggruen & Cie, Paris (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Lit: Herbert Lust, Giacometti: The Complete Graphics, New York 1970, p.78, repr. p.36
P77122 is one of a series of seventeen black and white lithographs shown at Giacometti's exhibition at the Galerie Maeght in 1954. All but two of the prints depict a number of the artist's sculptures situated within his studio. Although several prints feature real figures the majority, including ‘The Studio I', are populated by inanimate sculptures and studio furniture alone. Clearly the artist was intrigued by the process of studying his own finished sculptures. When questioned about his feelings towards this process he commented ‘Sometimes I'm surprised I was so good, and sometimes that I missed the mark so far…