Portrait de Giacometti


Oil on canvas

350 x 350 cm (137 13/16 x 137 13/16 in.)

Yan Pei-Ming’s tightly-framed, black and white Portrait of Giacometti features one of the 20th century’s most famous sculptors, Swiss-born Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). An alert, intense and lively gaze peers out from his slightly skewed face. The monumental format and brisk brushstrokes make this oil on canvas a tribute that replays the codes of art history and attracts our gaze.

In 2007, Yan Pei-Ming painted this portrait for a show of Giacometti's works at the Maeght Foundation. His paintings reactivate history scenes, portraits of famous figures and works on more personal subjects. He often uses a brush and roller, aiming for a touch of immediacy. "It's alive: I paint, erase and change. I become one with the painting," he says.

The Portrait of Giacometti was first presented by the Pinault Collection during the "Qui a peur des artistes?" (“Who’s Afraid of Artists?”) show at the Palais des Arts in Dinard in 2009.