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His purpose was to express the totality of life and find the real through external experiences He was celebrated for his elongated figures that followed his break from the surrealists But who was Alberto Giacometti Alberto Giacometti was born in 1901 in the Italian speaking town Borgonova Switzerland Being the son of Giovanni Giacometti an impressionist painter he was encouraged in art at an early age Giacometti had great confidence in his drafting ability at the age of 10 and at 14 he began sculpting When he turned twenty he moved to Paris to continue his studies but shortly returned home Back home Alberto Giacometti studied with the famous sculpture Bourdelle With him he drew and sculpted with models Though in 1925 he gave up working with live models and in a few years he had begun to achieved a measure of fame In the late 20s Giacometti was invited by Andre Breton to join the Surrealists Surrealism is an artistic and literary movement that explored and celebrated the realm of dreams and the unconscious mind through the creation of motion pictures poetry and in this case visual art Many surrealists rejected the artistic conventions of the past while seeking to preserve their best traditions They sought to demonstrate as Breton said that no limits can be set to human imagination Like the most of the surrealists of his time Giacomettis art was guided by the aim of revolutionizing art and perception He used surrealist techniques that tapped into his unconscious mind Giacometti began using objects as representations of more abstract concepts Many of his works involve a figure or dismembered appendage trapped or precariously hanging In 1932 Alberto Giacometti left the surrealist group for a brief period of time because of his interests in the mysteries of the human figure This act put him at odds with the surrealists and he became wary of any kind of socially organizing principles in politics or
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