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[Perspectives] Giacometti’s gaze

When I think of Alberto Giacometti, I picture tall thin sculptures, and Paris intelligentsia in the 1920s—an intellectual circle that included Giacometti, Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Best known as a sculptor who was part of the surrealist movement of the 1930s, Giacometti worked primarily with bronze, creating rugged figures that look stretched, and change shape when viewed in profile. His work consistently commands the highest prices at auction of any sculptor; his own record was surpassed in 2015 when Pointing Man (1947) sold for US$141 million.