08 december 2016

Alberto Giacometti #13

Pieces of painted Alberto Giacometti's studio walls, rue Hippolyte-Maindron, Paris, taken down in 1972.

"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." (bron: Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti)

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