Alberto Giacometti is the most important artist of Swiss Modernity.
He grew up in Switzerland, a few kilometers from the Swiss-Italian border. Giacometti went to Paris to study, enrolling in the Académie de la Grande-Chaumière, where he attended classes given by the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. Drawings of nudes attest both to this apprenticeship and, like his earliest Cubist sculptures, to the influence of Jacques Lipchitz and Fernand Léger.