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Alberto Giacometti dans son atelier

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Giacometti's studio was located on Rue Hippolyte Maindron, situated in Plaisance in the 14th arrondissement of Paris., photographed)

  • Date:

    1965 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brassaï Guyula Hálasz, born 1899 - died 1984 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Gilberte Boyer Brassaï

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 913, box M

Hungarian born Brassaï moved from Berlin to Paris in 1924, where he remained for the rest of his life. There, he became acquainted with many artists of the day, including Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. Brassaï is most well known for his images of Parisian life, depicting brothels, prostitutes, city streets, architecture and high society alike. However, he also photographed his artist friends, often in their studios or with their work. Here, Italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti is seated in his studio surrounded by sculptures. Draped, unfinished artwork can be seen alongside completed work, as Giacometti sits in the foreground by his sculptors' tools. These images provide a rare insight into the habits and practice of these twentieth century masters, whose doors were not always open to this kind of personal documentation.

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting a man wearing a tweed jacket seated in the foreground of the image. Behind him, there are a number of sculptures, both finished and unfinished, on tables. Closest to him, there is a seemingly unfinished bust sculpture draped in cloth, on a table of its own next to some sculptors' tools. Further in the background, there are five busts (uncovered) on one larger wooden table. There is another draped sculpture behind him to the right of the image.

Place of Origin

Paris (Giacometti's studio was located on Rue Hippolyte Maindron, situated in Plaisance in the 14th arrondissement of Paris., photographed)


1965 (photographed)


Brassaï Guyula Hálasz, born 1899 - died 1984 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom right, artist's signature in black ink

Top centre, pencil: '21.5x28'
Top right, pencil: 'Tout 86'
Bottom centre, pencil: 'Alberto Giacometti dans son atelier / rue H. Maindron 14e Paris en 1965 / Buste de Diego a l'arrière - Hau'
Bottom left, stamped in black ink: 'BRASSAÏ POR.23-41 / 81, Fg St-Jacques. PARIS -14e'
Bottom left, stamped in black ink: 'TIRAGE DE L'AUTEUR'
Bottom right, pencil: 'O No.29'
Bottom right, pencil: 'No.25.A.23Y.Z+12'
Bottom right, stamped in black ink [faded]: 'SUCCESSION / BRASSAÏ / ESTATE'
Alberto Giacometti in his studio, Rue H. Maindron 14th district Paris in 1965. Bust of Diego in the background. [Alberto Giacometti dans son atelier rue H Maindron 14e Paris en 1965. Buste de Diego a l'arrière]

Print of the artist [tirage de l'auteur]


Width: 21.4 cm image, Width: 23.2 cm paper, Height: 28 cm image, Height: 29.9 cm paper

Object history note

This object came to the museum as part of a bequest of 99 photographs by Brassaï from his widow, Madame Gilberte Boyer.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Brassai, 'Alberto Giacometti dans son atelier' [Alberto Giacometti in his studio], Rue Hippolyte Maindron, Paris, 1965, gelatin silver print


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Sculpture; Sculptor; Studio


Photographs; Sculpture; Artist's studios


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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