Giovanni Giacometti On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than  with Giovanni Giacometti.

This painting entitled Annetta and Alberto, completed in 1904, was of Giovanni’s wife, Annetta with their son, Alberto, who would become  one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century.

Giovanni and Annetta would go on to have other sons who pursued artistic careers: Diego Giacometti, artist and Bruno Giacometti, architect.

I can only imagine the extraordinary conversations that occurred around the Giacometti dinner table.

“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” 
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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Annetta and Alberto by Giovanni Giacometti

20 Comments

  1. valeriedavies

    What a lovely post for Mothers Day, Rebecca, and fascinating story about the Giacometti’s… I agree with you about families, and like you find the Rossetti’s so fascinating… are you a fan of Christina’s Goblin Market? and her glorious poem, ‘My heart is like a singing bird’..
    .Musical families seem much more well known than other talented families…including Bach and his sons… daughters didn’t get the same chances back then, did they? que sera sera…

    1. Clanmother

      A very very good point about daughters, Valerie – one that I want to pursue this coming year. I have been away from blogging for a while and have missed the “art” very much. It is good to find kindred spirits along the way. I do love Christina’s Goblin Market!! “For there is no friend like a sister in calm or storm weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” Christina Rossetti. I have often found the words “tedious way” to be revealing. Most of life is made up of mundane tasks that can wear the spirit. We often think encouragement is more needed at dramatic times. It goes to the idea of a “still small voice.” Thank you for stopping by – very much appreciated! Hugs!

  2. ernstblumenstein

    Mutter mit Kind, mit dem Kind Alberto, was für ein passendes Bild zum vergangenen Muttertag.
    Die Giacomettis waren eine Künstlerfamilie durch und durch. Mutter Annetta stammte aus einer reichen Familie und ermöglichte zusammen mit ihrem Mann Giovanni, den Kindern eine frohe, unbeschwerte Jugend zu bieten.

    Vielen Dank für ihren feinen Beitrag Rebecca und herzliche Grüsse.
    Ernst

    1. Clanmother

      Was für ein Privileg, Reichtum zu nutzen, um den kreativen Geist zu fördern. Ich wurde von diesem Gemälde ermutigt. Wir müssen Kreativität innerhalb einer Familieneinheit schaffen. Kunst, Musik, Tanz – sie fügen dem Leben Freude und Hoffnung hinzu. Danke für deine Freundschaft. Alles Gute für Sie und Ihre wunderbare Familie.

    1. Clanmother

      Thank you, Liz. I am fascinated by families that have a propensity to artistic endeavours . Consider the Rossetti family. I believe that when creativity is encouraged and recognized within a family unit, there is a drive to discover hidden and not-so- hidden talents. This Mother’s Day, Giacometti reminded me to nurture and support artistic expression in ourselves and our families.

      1. Liz

        Completely agree – this is so important. The converse is that if creativity and artistry is not encouraged as part of a family’s ‘norm’ it becomes incredibly difficult (though not impossible) for an individual to find their own creative path.

    1. Clanmother

      Thank you, Gallivanta for the link! Fantastic!! I found “The Secret Life Of Cows” on Amazon.ca. The publication date for Kindle is June 12, 2018 and I have is marked for coming home to my Kindle.

    1. Clanmother

      I try to imagine the conversations that happened when mother and son “sat” for the painter. Having a child remain calmly in place for minutes, never mind hours would be impossible. It must have been a marvelously hilarious family time. I enjoy Mitch Albom’s writing – simple, direct and profound. When my father passed a few years ago, this is the quote by Mitch Albom that spoke to me: “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” Thank you for stopping by – very much appreciated.

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