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Antonio Augusto Giacometti was a Swiss painter. He is regarded as an outstanding painter in the succession of Art Nouveau and Symbolism, as an innovator of glass painting and exponent of monumental mural painting and designer of posters that have become popular.

Augusto Giacometti is part of the famous Giacometti painter dynasty. Having grown up only a few metres from the house of his cousin Giovanni Giacometti, he began to dedicate himself to painting at a young age. He completed his training as a drawing teacher between 1894 and 1897 at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich. After his years of study from 1897 to 1901 with Eugène Grasset in Paris and after periods of residence in Florence and Zurich, he settled in Zurich in 1915.

In 1917 Giacometti met the Dadaists Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Hugo Ball. He took part in the 8th Dada-Soirée in the Kaufleutensaal in Zurich and became a member of the artist group "Das Neue Leben" (1918-1920).

With the execution of his design for the entrance hall of the police station in Zurich's Amtshaus I between 1923 and 1925, Giacometti created one of his most important works, also known as the Giacometti Hall. Thanks to this commission, which immediately attracted great attention, the way was paved for him to commission further important works.

He was one of the first artists of the 20th century to grant painting almost complete autonomy and to dare to take the step into non-representationalism. Giacometti subsequently became a great colourist.

In 1929 he created the stained-glass window in the east wall of the Protestant town church in Frauenfeld, in 1933 the choir windows in the Grossmünster in Zurich, in 1937 the choir windows of the village church in Adelboden and in 1945 a church window in the Fraumünster in Zurich.