This painting here named “Diego” shows a similarity of teh sculptures that Giacometti was doing. Looking at the face you can spot a very rough texture similar to the one used on the sculptures. However, as I mentioned above, the sculptures have no facial features but this painting does, it represents Alberto’s brother. Texture used on the face might represent the age of Diego, while he was in his late forties. Surrounded by dull dark olive green and tones of grey it gives a feeling of sadness considering the age of the subject it might reflect his feelings. As well the figure itself being done in greys and rough lines it gives a similar effect as the sculptures – dull, rough and alone. The facial expression used is no different to its surroundings it again gives feeling of sadness, the eyes seem tired, lips have no smile it is as if the person does not exist.
Oil on canvas
“Once in my father’s studio, when I was eighteen or nineteen, I was drawing some pears which were on a table – at the usual still-life distance. But they kept getting smaller and smaller. I’d begin again, and they’d always go back to exactly the same size”
This quote explains how Giacometti got his unusual style, he would start drawing and as he draws the objects gets smaller. The work above shows the same approach. The subjects shrinking into the distance, the legs are long while the torso appears short making the figure look out of scale – just like the sculptures. Again a feel of isolation is used, it shows the figure being alone in the room, similar texture is worked on top the figure creating a rough look. Colours in this case are more bright, however the palette still consists of greys giving a dull look.