A Giacometti Portrait

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When we look at a painting hanging on an art gallery wall, we see only what the artist has chosen to disclose—the finished work of art. What remains mysterious is the process of creation itself—the making of the work of art. Everyone who has looked at paintings has wondered about this, and numerous efforts have been made to discover and depict the creative method of important artists. A Giacometti Portrait is a picture of one of the century's greatest artists at work.

James Lord...

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Overview

When we look at a painting hanging on an art gallery wall, we see only what the artist has chosen to disclose—the finished work of art. What remains mysterious is the process of creation itself—the making of the work of art. Everyone who has looked at paintings has wondered about this, and numerous efforts have been made to discover and depict the creative method of important artists. A Giacometti Portrait is a picture of one of the century's greatest artists at work.

James Lord sat for eighteen days while his friend Alberto Giamcometti did his portrait in oil. The artist painted, and the model recorded the sittings and took photographs of the work in its various stages. What emerged was an illumination of what it is to be an artist and what it was to be Giacometti—a portrait in prose of the man and his art. A work of great literarydistinction, A Giacometti Portrait is, above all, a subtle and important evocation of a great artist.

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"James Lord's timeless account . . . documents how torturous creation can be, even, or perhaps especially, for a creative genius." —Jacqueline White, Ruminator Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374515737
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/28/1980
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 484,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Lord is an acclaimed American author who has lived in France for many years. His books include Plausible Portraits of James Lord, A Giacometti Portrait, Giacometti: A Biography, and four volumes of memoirs. In recognition of his contribution to French culture, he was made an officer of the Legion of Honor.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    A classic study of the life of the artist

    Giacometti was a very unique individual - his attachment to the notion of true likeness being gained through a repetitive process of looking and drafting and re-drafting was very engaging to read about....good read if you're into this kind of thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Don't even think about not reading this...

    This is most insightful book i have ever read concerning, art or an artist. Pure magic! I have yet to find any book that has been able to catch the ethos of an artist, or any person for that matter.

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