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Greek-born Italian painter Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978) was hugely influential in the early years of the Surrealist movement. His paintings during the teens in Paris, where he moved in 1911, caused such a stir that such important figures as Picasso and Paul Eluard immediately praised them. This phase of his work, which he later termed pittura metafisica (metaphysical painting) was marked by dramatic compositions involving sharp perspective, striking shadows, geometrical planes, voids of space, and a general feeling of anxiety and loneliness; the sense of absurdity evoked by the mannequin-like figures in almost nightmarish landscapes seemed to suggest a Freudian expression of the unconscious. After 1930, De Chirico turned to a more classical style of painting and continued in the same vein for the rest of his career; his later work was widely criticized, especially by the Surrealists who had so admired his early paintings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
ISBN 3822841528 ISBN13 9783822841525
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More About Magdalena Holzhey
Magdalena Holzhey is a free-lance art historian in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Magdalena Holzhey currently resides in Dusseldorf.
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Solid introduction to a great 20th century artist Dec 28, 2007
Taschen's Basic Art series is a wonderful value for the money. You get dozens of color plates on glossy paper and well-informed, sensitive scholars discussing the work.
This volume on Giorgio de Chirico is one of the best - the author clearly establishes how de Chirico's childhoold memories and various dreams and visions led him to create some of the most enigmatic, mysterious and philosophical pictures ever painted.