[Bust of Yanaihara in Alberto Giacometti's Studio, Paris], 1960 Photo : Annette Giacometti © Giacometti Estate

The Studio of Giacometti

40 Years at Rue Hippolyte-Maindron (1926 - 1966)

The studio at rue Hippolyte-Maindron – which no longer exists today – progressively became not only Giacometti’s entire universe, but an extension of himself, so closely associated with the artist’s legend that some believed he had died there. Giacometti’s move into the studio in the rue Hippolyte-Maindron was frequently mentioned later by the artist himself as a turning-point in his biography.

On 1 December 1926, Alberto Giacometti moved into a studio with mezzanine measuring 15 feet by 16 feet at 46 rue Hippolyte-Maindron. The studio was part of a building complex off the rue d’Alésia, at the corner of the rue du Moulin Vert. Around 1932, he rented the studio just opposite his for his brother, who had joined him as his assistant. In spite of having frequently expressed his desire to move out of his studio during the 1930s, due to the lack of comfort and the leaks caused by faulty roofing, Giacometti moved in permanently to the rue Hippolyte-Maindron after the war, upon his return to Paris in September 1945. In 1947, Annette Arm (the future Mrs. Giacometti, who had arrived in Paris in July 1946) became the tenant of a room adjacent to the main studio – it would become their bedroom. In October 1957, Giacometti also obtained a contiguous narrow studio and used it as storage space. In 1958, four workshops are therefore occupied by Giacometti at 46 rue Hippolyte-Maindron.

The Foundation's collection includes the remains of the main studio, with pieces of the famous painted walls, taken down in 1972, as well as the furniture. The walls of the studio, covered in graffiti, bear witness to the accumulated residue of forty years of incessant toil, a profusion of studies and side projects that the artist constantly moved around, creating new landscapes and giving rise to new works.

  • <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Head of a Woman face on ; sketch of a standing figurine ; standing woman half-length ; sketch of a standing woman on a tray], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil and pencil on wall, transferred onto canvas, 150,4 x 94,1 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0562</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>

    Painted wall fragment from the studio, [Head of a Woman face on ; sketch of a standing figurine ; standing woman half-length ; sketch of a standing woman on a tray], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)

    Oil and pencil on wall, transferred onto canvas, 150,4 x 94,1 cm

    Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0562

    © Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)

    <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Head of a Woman face on ; sketch of a standing figurine ; standing woman half-length ; sketch of a standing woman on a tray], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil and pencil on wall, transferred onto canvas, 150,4 x 94,1 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0562</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>
  • <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Sketch for The Cage (first version), sketch for Four Figurines on a Pedestal, sketches for The Chariot (two facing and one profile)], circa 1949-1950 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil, pencil and engravings on wall, transferred onto canvas ,125 x 107 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0561</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>

    Painted wall fragment from the studio, [Sketch for The Cage (first version), sketch for Four Figurines on a Pedestal, sketches for The Chariot (two facing and one profile)], circa 1949-1950 (removed in 1972)

    Oil, pencil and engravings on wall, transferred onto canvas ,125 x 107 cm

    Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0561

    © Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)

    <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Sketch for The Cage (first version), sketch for Four Figurines on a Pedestal, sketches for The Chariot (two facing and one profile)], circa 1949-1950 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil, pencil and engravings on wall, transferred onto canvas ,125 x 107 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0561</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>
  • <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Diego Steated ; Heads], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 152 x 183 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0546</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>

    Painted wall fragment from the studio, [Diego Steated ; Heads], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)

    Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 152 x 183 cm

    Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0546

    © Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)

    <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Diego Steated ; Heads], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 152 x 183 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0546</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>
  • <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [The Leg ; Annette Standing ; Tall Standing Woman], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 189 x 140 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0547</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>

    Painted wall fragment from the studio, [The Leg ; Annette Standing ; Tall Standing Woman], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)

    Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 189 x 140 cm

    Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0547

    © Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)

    <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [The Leg ; Annette Standing ; Tall Standing Woman], as left in 1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on wall, transferred onto plaster, then pasted on a honeycomb panel (in two parts), 189 x 140 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0547</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>
  • <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Bust of a Man on a console table with twisted legs], 1958-1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on a wall and wooden beam, transferred onto plaster then pasted on a honeycomb panel, 98,50 x 62,50 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0551</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>

    Painted wall fragment from the studio, [Bust of a Man on a console table with twisted legs], 1958-1966 (removed in 1972)

    Oil on a wall and wooden beam, transferred onto plaster then pasted on a honeycomb panel, 98,50 x 62,50 cm

    Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0551

    © Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)

    <p><strong>Painted wall fragment from the studio</strong>, [Bust of a Man on a console table with twisted legs], 1958-1966 (removed in 1972)<br /><br />Oil on a wall and wooden beam, transferred onto plaster then pasted on a honeycomb panel, 98,50 x 62,50 cm<br /><br /><em>Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, inv. 1994-0551</em><br /><br />© Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti, Paris & ADAGP, Paris)</p>
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