Portrait of Isaku Yanaihara, 1957
Portrait Isaku Yanaihara

Isaku Yanaihara (1918–1989) came to Paris from Japan in 1954 to study existentialist philosophy. Between 1956 and 1961 Giacometti made numerous paintings of him in which he develops his late style. This is an unusual example of a portrait that was not painted over after the first version.

Oil on canvas
81 x 65.5 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 068
inscr. b. r.: Alberto Giacometti 1957
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens ab 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, Zürich, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh
  • Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
  • Alberto Giacometti