In 1946, Alberto Giacometti painted a series of portraits of artistic and literary personalities. Simone de Beauvoir, Marie-Laure de Noauilles or George Bataille figure among his models.
Here Giacometti captures Louis Aragon in a familiar attitude, sitting in his living room. Beyond the record of the friendship that linked the two men, this work is a masterful illustration of Giacometti’s talent as a draughtsman. For him, drawing was the most immediate means of capturing the truth of the person facing him. “It is important to say, I believe, that, whether about sculpture or painting, only drawing counts. One must attach oneself solely and exclusively to drawing.” (Alberto Giacometti, Entretien avec Georges Charbonnier, Ecrits, Paris, 1951). As Florian Rodari so rightly describes (" Giacometti l'ajusteur", exhibition catalogue Alberto Giacometti. Le dessin à l'œuvre, Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2001), the artist concentrates primarily on the model’s gaze which emerges out of a tangle of vibrant, hatched lines. Vigorous line becomes a vast network ensnaring the subject. The silhouette of the poet or writer, of remarkable presence, seems modeled here by multiple biting lines which focus all the drawing’s intensity in the model’s face. In this composition Giacometti gives a moving tribute to the passionate relationship that united Louis Aragon to Elsa Triolet, a woman of letters and muse to the poet represented here in a picture placed on the mantelpiece.
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