[Mountain landscape at Maloja]
Date circa 1920
Medium Oil on toile découpée
Dimensions 11,96 x 11,88 in.
Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris
Alongside portrait and still life, landscape is the other subject approached early on by Giacometti. He painted in particular the mountains of Stampa, where he was born, and Maloja, where his family owned a house, following the example of his father Giovanni, of Cuno Amiet and, above all, of Hodler, who had painted many mountain landscapes in the same region in Switzerland. In the case of this painting, the little houses almost stylised in the valley at the foot of the mountains, are probably those of Maloja. The chromatic pursuit of that landscape shows the influence of German and Swiss pleinairism; the light in the background evokes some sunsets painted by Hodler. As for other paintings from his youth, Giacometti has visibly prepared before painting a drawing with a red and blue brush, where one notices the importance of drawing for the young artist even when he started to paint. As he did in many drawings of the same period, Giacometti drew around the image – and with the same red used for the preparatory drawing – a frame that marks out the field of his canvas. It was a habit that Giacometti maintained in the paintings of his mature years, where the demarcation filled a more and more obvious role in the definition of a space of representation, distinct from the physical space of the painting. This painting, dating from around 1920, does not seem to have been exhibited in Giacometti’s lifetime.
Succession Alberto et Annette Giacometti
Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti
2016 Alberto Giacometti retrospective at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (China), The Shanghai Yuz Museum, from March 22nd to July 31st 2016