Australian actor plays one of 20th-century’s greatest sculptors in British film made with close involvement of artist’s estate
Alberto Giacometti’s elongated figures are among the greatest masterpieces of 20th-century art, with one of them selling for a record $141m. But, like so many sought-after artists, the Swiss master has been repeatedly copied by forgers. Hundreds of artworks created for a major British film about him had to be destroyed on the instructions of his estate because of concerns that they could surface on the open market and be mistaken for the real thing.
The film, Final Portrait, paints a portrait of a tortured genius, played by the Oscar-winning star Geoffrey Rush. Set in Paris in 1964, most of its drama takes place in the artist’s studio, a chaotic and claustrophobic slum cluttered with art, the tools of his trade and the detritus of his eccentric life, all splattered with paint and plaster.