alberto giacometti The elongated figures of Alberto Giacometti's sculpture have often been equated with the mood of post–World War II Europe. Giacometti himself cited more classical origins in Greek kouroi and Egyptian hieroglyphs. In 1995 ARTnews observed that the popularity of the Swiss artist's sculpture had been a mixed blessing. As with the cast metal works of Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, unauthorized posthumous reproductions of Giacometti's sculptures have created problems for scrupulous museums and unsuspecting collectors.

René Burri (born 1933)
Gelatin silver print, 1960
Published December 1995
Magnum Photos Inc., New York City
©René Burri/Magnum Photos

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