Switzerland currency 100 Swiss francs banknote 1998 Alberto Giacometti

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Switzerland currency 100 Swiss francs banknote of 1998 Alberto Giacometti
Swiss National Bank - 100 Franken (1998 issue), Pick 72c
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Obverse side of the 100 Swiss francs is showing the portrait of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors. Giacometti made his reputation in the thirties, with sculptural works in the Surrealist style. But it was his later figures that brought him wider frame. The characteristic Giacometti style first appeared in 1946: attenuated figures which seem almost massless and weightless. The female figures are seen frontally, with feet together, arms pressed to their sides and clump-like feet. The males are usually striding. The figures seem solitary and somehow far-off. In his work Giacometti was trying to render complexity and the brimming experiences of reality. This is also apparent in his painting, which is highly expressive and stripped of all illusion.

Reverse side of the 100 Swiss francs is showing:
Lotar II (1964) — this bronze bust shows Giacometti’s fascination with surfaces. They underwent a stark transformation under his fingers and modeling knife, giving many of his figures the appearance of bare rock. The unevenness of the texture creates an intensive play of light and shade.
L’Homme qui marche I (The Walking Man I, lit. The Man who Walks I) is the name of any one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, and the most expensive sculpture.
Time-space relationship — this sketch stems from Giacometti’s 1946 memoir: „Le Rêe, le Sphinx et la mort de T.” Because the linear narrative style was inadequate to express his experience, Giacometti tried a sculptural solution: time is represented as a horizontal disc, the individual segments stand for various events. The panels at the edge tell the relevant stories.

Banknote of 100 Swiss francs has dimensions 159×74 mm and main colors are air force blue, glaucous, pastel blue, pale cornflower blue, old lavender and gainsboro. Date of issue of 100 Swiss francs banknote was 1 October 1998.
Printer: Orell Füssli Arts Graphiques S.A.

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