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Paris With No Bounds - Paris Sans Fin

Artist’s Name
Author’s Name
Edition
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)
Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)
1969, Paris
Printed in one volume, size 43 x 33 εκ.
The text has ‘Garamond’ fond, which was inscribed in the 17th century
150 original off-the-text lithographs
Printed on ‘vélin d’ Arches’ paper:
  • 250 copies, numbered 1-250
  • 20 copies, off the market, numbered I-XX
  • additional albums on ‘vélin d’ Arches’ paper
The idea to create a book about Paris deeply touched the well-known sculptor and painter, Alberto Giacometti; he worked with enthusiasm on this book during the last years of his life. One day, as he was talking with his close friend Tériade, Giacometti looked at the streets in front of him and said: “Ah! Paris… Paris with no bounds!” “You’ve found your title”, Tériade said. Giacometti devoted himself to this book and within eight years he produced 150 sketches on lithographic paper. Unfortunately, his work ended with his death. As a result, the book was printed only with the preparatory notes of the artist. Some pages at the end remained blank; they symbolize the work that death put an end to, and that nothing would be able to replace it.

As the viewer sees the drawings of the book, he feels that he follows step by step the Swiss artist in a personal and meaningful tour of the city; the city which the artist loved passionately and chose to live in most of his life. The viewer follows Giacometti on foot or by other means of transport through the streets of Paris, the cafés, the bars, the restaurants and all of the places where the artist would usually go to. The painter describes with quick and simple sketches, with the lithographic pencil as his only means, everything he sees at a particular moment. He draws people, objects, anything there is around him; he depicts all the real moments he lived, the memories of a city which inspired him, made him create his works of art and led him to find his personal truth. Wanting to present through his own eyes an authentic image of Paris, he included drawings that depict his atelier, the objects he was studying and his models. In this way, this book is not only a description of Paris, but also a very personal and vivid ‘autobiography’ of the artist.