Canadian, born Armenia,
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966)
The Swiss artist joined the “School of Paris” between the world wars, becoming part of the Surrealist movement and enjoying his most prolific period after World War II. His skinny signature forms with their tortured textures were critically acclaimed as the manifestation of the angst of Existentialist post-war philosophy.
Karsh visited Giacometti’s tiny Paris studio to make his portrait, later reporting that the sculptor “could not sit still for a minute; he stamped his foot impatiently like a child; he smoked constantly. His face was ashen grey.” Within weeks, the pain-wracked artist was dead from chronic bronchitis and heart disease.