Diego Giacometti

1902-1985

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Quote, estimate and price of the artist Diego Giacometti

Sculpture: 3,500 – 2,300,000 €.

Furniture: 85,000 – 4 900,000 €.

Lighting: 3, 800 – 1,900,000 €.

Subject: 7,500 – 650,000 €.

Drawing: 1,000 – 6,500 €.

Tapestry: 7,000 – 69,000 €

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The beginnings of Diego Giacometti

Son of the nationally renowned painter Giovanni Giacometti, Diego Giacometti was a sculptor and designer. He was born in Switzerland on 15 November 1902 and died in Paris on 15 July 1985. He is also the younger brother of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, for whom he served as a model on many occasions. Quickly initiated by his father, Diego enjoyed reading and drawing.

He began by studying business, then pushed by his mother, he joined his brother in Paris when he was 25 years old and became a student to sculptor Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

Diego Giacometti and Alberto Giacometti

The two brothers moved into the same sculptor’s workshop in the 14th arrondissement of the capital and worked closely together. It was sometimes difficult to dissociate the work from one or the other. Diego made the frames for his brother’s sculptures, supervised the casting of the bronzes and applied the patina. They influenced each other and sometimes Diego saved his brother’s works, which were subject to mood swings.

Their clients included large families such as the Noailles. After death of his brother in 1966, Diego became successful. From then on, he doubled his production and managed to impose his own style.

Diego Giacometti and the animal world

Diego was very attracted by the mythological world, he created animal figures which he then used to decorate his seats or tables in faunal compositions. Bronze allowed him to work in detail. He sometimes used the specific technique of lost-wax casting. He felt it was important to produce works according to a certain production quality. He was nicknamed the “Ace of Patinas”.

The animal world was a great source of inspiration for Diego, who managed to stage his animals to the point of giving them life. His elegant and simple style gave a glimpse of the artist’s burgeoning imagination.

Diego created furniture sets for public places such as the Picasso Museum at the Hôtel Salé in Paris and the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence for which Aimé Maeght commissioned Le chatmaitre d’hôtel, whose task was to distribute food to the birds in the sailboat in the Foundation.

In 2017, 27 works by Diego Giacometti sold at Sotheby’s Paris for an exceptional total of 5.5 million euros.

Recognising Diego Giacometti’s signature

Like many artists, Diego Giacometti did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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