Giacometti Quote in SL

“I used to see the world through the goggles of the existing arts.  I would go to the Louvre to see the paintings and scultpures of the past, and I found them more beautiful than reality.  Today, when I go to the Louvre, all these representations of the external world — and until fifty years ago, all painting, all sculpture were direct representations of the external world, weren’t they? — strike me as partial, precarious.  I ask myself why the devil they could have seen it like that.  And what astonishes me, what really gets me, isn’t the paintings and scultpures anymore, but the people who look at them.  Now I look only at the people who are looking.”

Alberto Giacometti, 1967


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