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Georgio de Chirico. 1888 - 1978. Cerveau. The Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico co-founded the Metaphysical school of painting, just after the First World War,. The Great Metaphysician 1917.

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georgio de chirico
Georgio de Chirico

1888 - 1978

cerveau
Cerveau

The Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico co-founded the Metaphysical school of painting, just after the First World War,

the great metaphysician 1917
The Great Metaphysician 1917

His work from the metaphysical period, are memorable for the haunted, brooding moods evoked by their images

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At the start of this period, his subjects were still cityscapes inspired by the bright daylight of Mediterranean cities

metaphysical interior with biscuits
Metaphysical Interior with Biscuits

gradually he turned his attention to studies of cluttered storerooms

self portrait 1924
Self Portrait 1924

De Chirico was subject to illness and depression and by nostalgic recollections of Greece and Italy

love song
Love Song

These paintings, with their looming statues and shadows, are full of tension and menace.

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They suggest, through the symbolism of towers, arcades, and trains his feelings of panic and uneasiness

anxious journey
Anxious Journey

De Chirico's city is a fantasy town, a state of mind, signifying alienation, dreaming and loss.

the red tower
The Red Tower

His haunting paintings of deserted Italian squares had a huge impact on modern art in the 1920s, notably Surrealism

ariadne
Ariadne

Its elements are like jigsaw pieces being assembled over and over again: the arcades, the tower, the piazza, the shadows, the statue, the train, the mannequin.

the disquieting muses
The Disquieting Muses

De Chirico created an unsettling sense of mystery , using images of trance-like stillness and silence

nostalgia of the infinite
Nostalgia of the Infinite

The period of time is ambiguous,

piazza d italia
Piazza d’Italia

the space impossibly deep,

montparn
Montparn

and the linear perspective inconsistent;

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Conquest of the Philosopher

and objects are irrationally juxtaposed

delights of the poet
Delights Of The Poet

His landscapes in particular are full of disquieting atmosphere, with objects bathed in half light and shadows.

melancholy
Melancholy

His major themes are:

the solitary watcher

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and his landscapes in particular are full of disquieting atmosphere, with objects bathed in half light and shadows.

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street

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elements are like jigsaw pieces being assembled over and over again: the arcades, the tower, the piazza, the shadows, the statue, the train, the mannequin.

love song1
Love Song

De Chirico began portraying a mysterious and troubling world which was for him as real as the everyday life.

love song2
Love Song

His works resonate with powerful symbolism

similar artists
Similar Artists

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