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Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti

By: Jan Greenberg

Sandra Jordan

Illustrator: Hadley Hooper

Everyone who knew them agreed. Alberto was the genius of the family. His younger brother Diego was his opposite—he didn’t care much for books or schoolwork, and he had no idea what he would be when he grew up. But despite their differences, the two brothers shared an intense bond.
Alberto Giacometti became one of the iconic artists of the twentieth century, whose tall, spindly sculptures grace the collections of museums around the world. Diego was always at his side, helping and encouraging, and in his spare time creating remarkable pieces of furniture, works of sculpture in their own right.
The poignant story of brothers and sculptors Alberto and Diego Giacometti is skillfully brought to life in the hands of multiple Sibert Honor authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, and the spectacular artwork of Hadley Hooper.
This lavishly illustrated 64-page book includes extensive backmatter, complete with a timeline, source notes, photographs, and an essay on how to look at a Giacometti sculpture.

Note on Giacometti’s Walking Man. Time line. Notes on text. Bibliography. Black-and-white photographs and full-color reproductions. Full-color illustrations created with paint and ink and finished in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9780823441709

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) , Diego Giacometti (1902–1985) , Artists , Switzerland , Sculpture , Brothers , Biography , Paris, France , World War II (1939–1945)

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Awards & Honors

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev. 11/17) present a picture-book biography of twentieth-century Swiss-born artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, whose relationship inside and out of the studio is distilled in this volume’s Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev. 11/17) present a picture-book biography of twentieth-century Swiss-born artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, whose relationship inside and out of the studio is distilled in this volume’s title. After struggling for years, sculptor Alberto found fame for his tall, spindly bronze figures such as those in his Walking Man series, while Diego (who later become known for his furniture designs but who considered himself “merely a craftsman”) tirelessly worked to support his brother’s art. The book touches on events in the siblings’ lives in snapshot-like sections (denoted by dates) that nevertheless provide strong impressions. As children, rough-and tumble Diego does artistic-dreamer Alberto’s chores; during WWII, Diego guards their studio in war-torn Paris; as Alberto’s fame crescendos, Diego builds sculpture bases, labors on patinas, etc., “until his picky brother nods approval.” The text also offers lyrical descriptions of the artwork itself: “Alberto’s skeletal, lonely figures are survivors. They rise up courageously from these ruins of war”; Diego makes “furniture so magical that one sees sculpture and forgets its function.” Hooper’s (The Iridescence of Birds, rev. 11/14) art, in paint and ink and finished digitally, is cohesive yet strikingly dynamic; see the final vignette of the two brothers together casting long, skeletal shadows recalling Alberto’s famous style. Back matter respectfully guides readers through looking at Walking Man II; photos, source notes, a timeline, and a bibliography are included.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823441709

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

709.2/2

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 830L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), Diego Giacometti (1902–1985), Artists, Switzerland, Sculpture, Brothers, Biography, Paris, France, World War II (1939–1945),

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