Giacometti (Magill's Literary Annual 1986)
Seldom has a biographer been better equipped for his task than is the case with James Lord. As related in the prefatory material, Lord first made Alberto Giacometti’s acquaintance one evening in February, 1952, at the Café des Deux-Magots in Paris. Situated on the Left Bank, this café had at the time become a popular social rendezvous for many adherents of the philosophic credo known as Existentialism. It was here that one of his friends introduced him to Giacometti. Even though Lord’s own professional aspirations were literary in nature, he also possessed a passionate interest in painting and sculpture and was already a great admirer of the Swiss artist’s work. The young American writer came under the spell of Giacometti’s powerful personality and subsequently became a frequent visitor to the artist’s studio as well as one of his models. Before long, he also succeeded in becoming one of Giacometti’s social companions. While Lord never makes any claim of close friendship with Giacometti, their relationship did give him access to much intimate knowledge of the artist’s personal life and aesthetic objectives. Lord put all of this to good use by writing numerous articles on Giacometti in both French and English over the following years. In 1963, moreover, he published a short book entitled A Giacometti Portrait that is devoted to a step-by-step description of Giacometti’s creative methodology. This work is based on Lord’s experience of...
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