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Alberto Giacometti moved from his native Switzerland to Paris as a young man in 1922 and lived there almost uninterruptedly until his death in 1966. He fell in love with the city and enjoyed wandering through its streets aimlessly, relishing the unexpected adventures that would ensue, like meeting fellow flâneurs such as Jean-Paul Sartre or Samuel Beckett, or even being struck by a car – an accident that led him to walk with a cane for years afterwards, but one that he credited as a positive turning point in his life.

In 1957, Giacometti set about to depict the Paris he thrived in, from the city’s unhurried cafes to its car-congested boulevards, as well as his own studio, crammed with works in progress. He created a series of 150 lithographs, capturing the immediacy of his impressions on specially prepared papers that were later transferred to lithographic stones for printing. Giacometti completed the series five years later, and the book was published posthumously in 1969 as Paris sans fin(Paris Forever).

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