Diego Seated (1948) is free and yet constrained portrait of the artist’s brother. The freedom of Giacometti’s linework, for this painting, is constrained by box-like lines surrounding the sitter, and the multiple layers of paint that make up his signature linework. It’s difficult to tell whether the sitter was etched onto the canvas or etched out of the paint.
The Giacometti retrospective is a collaboration between Tate Modern and the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to see rare and previously unseen works by the celebrated Giacometti, an artist who has been extensively written about, linked to the Surrealist movement, and yet still somehow overshadowed.