In Giacometti’s Studio


This deeply engaging book introduces the reader to the creative chaos of the tiny Parisian studio of the great sculptor Alberto Giacometti, from the moment he and his brother, Diego, arrived in 1927, with all their possessions in a wheelbarrow, until Alberto’s death in 1966.

Michael Peppiatt relates how the artist first worked there as a member of the Surrealist movement and then how he gradually made his mark on Paris’s artistic, literary, and intellectual worlds.


The book is available online from Yale University Press and Amazon UK.


“A breezy, readable overview of Giacometti’s career…Peppiatt is a lively author who knows how to tell a good, pacy story, full of incident and fruitful speculation.” -Alastair Sooke, Daily Telegraph

“Peppiatt offers new insight into Giacometti, the man and his art.” -Dalya Alberge, The Observer

“Giacometti, his works and his studio, are documented in numerous beautiful photographs in this elegantly written book.” -Martin Gayford, Sunday Telegraph

“The book has a pleasingly personal feel to it.” -Michael Glover, Independent (Arts Books)

“The plentiful supply of superb photographs makes this book a visual joy: some are delivered as double-page spreads that immerse the reader in a vital mystery.” —Roger Cardinal, Burlington Magazine

“This book is packed with riveting material…..The most beguiling book on Giacometti I’ve read.” —Andrew Lambirth, Art Newspaper