On July 2012 the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris will showcase the work of the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico. The show is centered on the donation made by Isabel de Chirico, widow of the painter, to the city of Paris and is part of the recognition of the city towards the artist.
This exhibition is one of the largest retrospectives on the work of Chirico and is organized by themes and styles to enhance his extraordinary work. Organized in 30 paintings, 20 drawings and 11 sculptures representing the main stages of the painter. These include a series of self portraits that include Elizabeth and a nude of her. There are also still life and horses in the sea.
Giorgio de Chirico was born in Volos, Greece in 1888. The son of Italian parents, he studied in Athens and then moved to Germany to study at the Munich Art Academy, where he was impregnated with the philosophy of Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and others who raised the banner of metaphysical thought. On his return to Italy in 1909, he began to produce his first metaphysical paintings , an example is The Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon.
His metaphysical gaze on aesthetics led him to be fascinated with Turin and its architecture. He then moved and lived in Paris, then he joined the army in 1915 during the First World War. During all the period preceding the military and the war his work was strongly metaphysical, creating the scuola metaphysics current. His paintings are notable for the management of somber colors and themes, prompting an overwhelming feeling that will dominate his imagination.
After the war there is a change and dummies urban landscapes, objects, in an interesting sequence of dismemberment of objects begin to appear. Colors will be strongly influenced by his Mediterranean spirit.
Many intellectuals praised the surrealist work of De Chirico, one of them was Guillaume Apollinaire who connected him with surrealists, causing such a stir that he definitely influenced Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Salvador Dalí.
Even though Chirico abandoned the metaphysical style early to join other schools, including realism, he is still recognized by critics as metaphysical painter. In 1911, strongly influenced by the light projected by the city of Paris, he began to produce works based on representations of urban spaces where new perceptions of architectural designs will dominate. This new aesthetic look will add timeless representations without specific context, and the juxtapositions of works on construction, something very typical of surrealism.
De Chirico is an avant-garde painter, who also introduced the concept of imperfection as part of the work and of all human action. In 1925 he published the novel Hedbdómero, the metaphysical.
Days to dream and to start the year in apartments in Paris so rent in time and enjoy all the wonders that this city has to offer.
Translated by: Marc