Femme Leoni : A short history from 1947 to 1958
Two bas-relief on consoles
Two bas-relief on consoles: an important order for Argentina
In 1938, Jean-Michel Frank received an important order from the wealthy Argentinians, Jorge and Matilda Born.
In 1935, during one of their numerous stays in Paris, they had made the acquaintance of Jean-Michel Frank and visited his new shop on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The couple, who had an imposing villa built in San Isidro, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, decided to entrust the famous Parisian decorator with its furnishings and interior design.
Figure I, (Caroline)
EVOLUTION OF A WORK FROM THE ARTIST'S STUDIO TO THE EXHIBITION SPACES
At the end of 1961, Alberto Giacometti started to work on the piece Figure I, Caroline. The photographer Paul Almasy visited the artist’s studio at that time to illustrate an article that was published in the magazine Schweizer Illustrierte Zeitung on the 15th January 1962. He photographed Alberto Giacometti working in his studio, surrounded by his sculptures and paintings. On his left, two paintings in progress are placed on the floor, one the painting representing Caroline.
Dark Head, 1957
DARK HEAD (FORMERLY: YANAIHARA),1957: FROM YANAIHARA'S PORTRAIT TO THE DARK HEAD
The Japanese philosopher Isaku Yanaihara (1918-1989) regularly sat for Alberto Giacometti. Having come to France in 1954 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne, he met the artist for the first time in November 1955 for an interview. He quickly became the model for several portraits in 1956, then during his stays in 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1961.
This work was made on his second stay, between August and September 1957. On that occasion, Yanaihara took a photo of Giacometti’s studio and paintings, providing us with an interesting photographic documentation of the artist’s working process.
La Boule suspendue
La Boule suspendue is a key piece in the career of the young Alberto Giacometti, who arrived in Paris in 1922. Exhibited at the Pierre Gallery in 1930, the sculpture impressed the surrealist circle, notably André Breton and Salvador Dalí. Giacometti joined them at the end of 1930, which brought him not only a stimulating circle of friends but also a professional support system.