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Two brothers, four hands : the artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti / Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Hadley Hooper.
Title Variants:
2 brothers, 4 hands

Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2019.
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Neal Porter Books."
"The inspiring true story of the Giacometti brothers, one an artist, the other a daredevil, both devoted to their craft . . . but even more devoted to each other." -- From summary.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 7-10.

Grades 4 to 6.

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The inspiring true story of the Giacometti brothers, one an artist, the other a daredevil, both devoted to their craft . . . but even more devoted to each other.

Everyone who knew them agreed. Alberto was the genius of the family. His younger brother Diego was his opposite--he didn't care much for books or schoolwork, and he had no idea what he would be when he grew up. But despite their differences, the two brothers shared an intense bond.

Alberto Giacometti became one of the iconic artists of the twentieth century, whose tall, spindly sculptures grace the collections of museums around the world. Diego was always at his side, helping and encouraging, and in his spare time creating remarkable pieces of furniture, works of sculpture in their own right.

The poignant story of brothers and sculptors Alberto and Diego Giacometti is skillfully brought to life in the hands of multiple Sibert Honor authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, and the spectacular artwork of Hadley Hooper.

This lavishly illustrated 64-page book includes extensive backmatter, complete with a timeline, source notes, photographs, and an essay on how to look at a Giacometti sculpture.

Author Notes

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan have collaborated on many award-winning children's books about artists, including Action Jackson (Sibert Honor Book), The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius (Sibert Honor Book), Ballet for Martha (Sibert Honor Book and Orbis Pictus Award) Christo and Jean-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond , Meet Cindy Sherman , the recent recipient of five starred reviews. Sandra Jordan lives in New York City. Jan Greenberg lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Hadley Hooper is a fine artist whose illustration work includes art for the Coretta Scott King winning memoir How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson. She received considerable attention for her illustrations for Patricia MacLachlan's The Iridescence of Birds . She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Greenberg and Jordan (Meet Cindy Sherman) continue their impressive series of artist biographies with an account of 20th-century sculptor Alberto Giacometti and his brother Diego. The two grew up in Switzerland, born only a year apart, Alberto artistic and introspective, Diego adventurous: "One a daredevil, the other a dreamer, they are tied to each other as if by some secret understanding." Alberto's career begins in a Paris studio, and Diego joins him there, first as a model for Alberto, then, during WWII, learning how to cast in bronze. After the war, when Alberto's gaunt, spare figures gain recognition as emblems that "rise up courageously from these ruins," Diego casts and mounts the pieces, occasionally working on "sculptures of animals he stalked as a child." Illustrations by Hooper (Mabel and Sam at Home) exude warmth in expressive black contours, and large planes of colored wash-the blue of Paris at night, the red of war-provide the spreads with moody overtones. Diego and his devotion to his brother emerge as the story's most appealing elements in this fascinating retrospective. Back matter offers a detailed chronology, notes, and photos. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev. 11/17) present a picture-book biography of twentieth-century Swiss-born artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, whose relationship inside and out of the studio is distilled in this volumes title. After struggling for years, sculptor Alberto found fame for his tall, spindly bronze figures such as those in his Walking Man series, while Diego (who later become known for his furniture designs but who considered himself merely a craftsman) tirelessly worked to support his brothers art. The book touches on events in the siblings lives in snapshot-like sections (denoted by dates) that nevertheless provide strong impressions. As children, rough-and-tumble Diego does artistic-dreamer Albertos chores; during WWII, Diego guards their studio in war-torn Paris; as Albertos fame crescendos, Diego builds sculpture bases, labors on patinas, etc., until his picky brother nods approval. The text also offers lyrical descriptions of the artwork itself: Albertos skeletal, lonely figures are survivors. They rise up courageously from these ruins of war; Diego makes furniture so magical that one sees sculpture and forgets its function. Hoopers (The Iridescence of Birds, rev. 11/14) art, in paint and ink and finished digitally, is cohesive yet strikingly dynamic; see the final vignette of the two brothers together casting long, skeletal shadows recalling Albertos famous style. Back matter respectfully guides readers through looking at Walking Man II; photos, source notes, a timeline, and a bibliography are included. katrina Hedeen March/April 2019 p 101(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.