Figure in the Studio by Alberto Giaometti
Artisti: Alberto Giacometti
Medium: Lithograph, Ed. of 30, 1954
Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.5 in, 64.5 x 29.5 cm
What is most interesting about this beautiful image is the misunderstanding that comes for its date. While Giacometti died three years before the creation of this lithographic poster, the Museum at the Tuillerie secured the right to use a previously unpublished but still existing lithographic plate created by Giacometti himself. It was a variant of an existing lithographic of the same name.
So while it is a posthumous lithographic edition of the artist for a retrospective organized by the French National Museums, it is also created from an original lithographic plate by the hand of the artist. Hence the confusion. However, at the time, the Museum felt that it was an interesting project and felt safe by having Giacometti’s favorite lithographer take charge of the project. As they knew that the Atelier Mourlot had a long standing relationship with the artist and had worked on very large projects with him like the book “Paris sans Fin” (in which he drew images from the Mourlot studio itself).