Mature Style


First in drawings, Giacometti develops his elongated figures, a fundamental feature of his mature style. 1947 is a year of great activity in drawing and sculpture. Giacometti works directly in plaster, Diego helping him by preparing the wire armatures.
Pierre Matisse, favourably impressed by these recent works, offers the artist a solo show at his gallery, where it opens in January 1948. Sartre writes his essay The Search for the Absolute for the exhibition catalogue. In 1950, Giacometti begins to paint some of his bronzes. His second exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in November and December 1950 cements his success.