The son of a painter, Alberto Giacometti follows his father's postimpressionist aesthetic in his early works before moving to Paris in 1922 where he discovers the avant-garde movement and the sculpture technique influenced by African, Antic and Oceanic art. From 1931 to 1935, the Swiss sculptor belongs to the Surrealist group to which he is introduced to by Jean Cocteau as well as the Noailles couple and he imagines violent and poetic pieces. From the 1940s, assisted by his brother, Diego, he concentrates on a new aesthetic that develops the now iconic slender figures, such as L'Homme qui Marche and L'Homme qui Chavire, of his bronze production that highlights figurative art at a time when abstraction dominates. Although he is, from the 1950s, a renowned and rich artist, Albert Giacometti privileges an ascetic existence that fuels his creativity but also ruins his health. Aiming to reveal reality in his work, the sculptor best defined his principles when speaking about André Derain who much influenced him: 'He only wanted to fix a little the appearance of things, the wonderful, attractive and mysterious appearance of everything that surrounded him'.