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Giovanni Giacometti

 (1868 - 1933)
Giovanni Giacometti was active/lived in Switzerland, France.  Giovanni Giacometti is known for late impressionist painting, drawing.

Giovanni Giacometti

Biography from the Archives of askART

Giovanni Giacometti was born in Stampa, the Grisans on March 7th, 1868.  Encouraged by his teacher, the young Giacometti entered on the artistic career and moved to Munich in 1886 to attend the school of arts and crafts.  There Giacometti met Cuno Amiet, who became his close friend and with whom he studied the works of the French Impressionists.  Supported by his parents, Giacometti moved along with Amiet to Paris in 1888.  He went to the spring Salon, where he was deeply impressed by some paintings.

There, Giacometti met for the first time the works of Gianni Segantini, whom he got to know in person later on.  Running short of money, Giacometti was forced to return to Stampa in 1891: a period of loneliness and lack of inspiration.  However, the exhibition of his first works in the "Nationale Kunstausstellung" in Bern and the commission for a portrait made a small profit.  On the proceeds, Giacometti traveled to Rome and Naples.  In 1894 he met Segantini, with whom he formed a deep friendship ever since.

Segantini designed in 1897 the idea of a panorama of the Engadine for the Suisse pavilion at the world exhibition in Paris in 1900.  Giacometti was supposed to cooperate on the project, but it ran out of money.

In 1900 he married and settled in Borgonovo, where his son Alberto was born in 1901, followed by three other children.  At this point of time a phase of artistic emancipation began and with the examination of his French examples, Giacometti outgrew Hodler's powerful influence.

In 1912 Giacometti was invited to exhibit in Dresden with artists of the "Brücke".  In the same year, Giacometti had a large success with an exhibition in the "Kunsthaus" in Zurich; in 1920 his works were exhibited in Bern.  Several other international solo-exhibitions followed.
The last years, the artist spent in the quiet of Stampa.

Giavanni Giacometti is regarded as mediator of modern French and Italian art assets.  This way he made a substantial contribution to the renewal of Suisse painting in the 20th century.
Along with Cuno Amiet, Giovanni Giacometti belongs to the representatives of typical "Suisse Colourism".

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Biography from the Archives of askART

Giovanni Giacometti was born at Stampa, near Grisons, Switzerland in 1868.  He was  a member of a very illustrious family that included Augusto Giacometti, his nephew, who was one of the claimants to the honor of having produced the first deliberately abstract works of art.  His sons were Alberto Giacometti and Diego, who lived his life as Alberto's assistant. 

He studied at the Academy of Art in Munich in the years 1886 and 1887 and at the Academie Julian in Paris.  In 1893 he settled in Stampa.  He was an individualistic and accomplished painter in the late-impressionist manner.  He died in 1933. 

Written and compiled by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Sources include:   
The Oxford Companion to 20th Century Art, edited by Harold Osborne   
Robert Hughes in Time Magazine, April 1974

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About  Giovanni Giacometti

Born:  1868 - Stampa, Switzerland
Died:   1933 - Waadt, Switzerland
Known for:  late impressionist painting, drawing