The exercise books evidence Giacometti’s rapid progress in learning German.
They also contain numerous vignettes of the topics covered, mostly in coloured Indian ink.
‘The Adventurer’ is a short drama about Spanish swashbucklers, while the highly decorated ‘Head coverings from around the world’ offer less action-packed fare. In the essay ‘How I came home for the first time’, he picks up the frieze-like method of decoration that his father Giovanni Giacometti had used when illustrating Bundi’s ‘Engadin Fairy Tales’. On the back pages and in a small notebook, the sixteen-year-old shows his age, with depictions of boxing matches, maenads and the like.
- Black ink, decorative element and correction in red till 31r; Vignettes in coloured in from 3 till 9v, 19; Vignettes in pencil: 19–22, additionaly in blue ink 21v, 22r; from 31v pencilt, writing partly in blue ink.
- 22.0 x 17.7 cm
- Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2000
- Object number
- GS 219
- Not signed
- Further information
- 44 sheets
- Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), ab 2000, Leihgabe
- Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 2000, Geschenk
- Alberto Giacometti