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March 11, 2014

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO-THE PRECURSOR TO SURREALISM!

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¬†Today’s post is one of thee most famous and for me the most interesting. ¬†

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Jamie

 

“To become truly immortal a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken it will

enter the regions of childhood

vision and dream.”

Giorgio de Chirico was a pioneer in the revival of Classicism that flourished into a Europe-wide phenomenon in the 1920s. His own interest was likely encouraged by his childhood experiences

of being raised in Greece by Italian parents. And, while living in Paris in the 1910s, his homesickness may have led to the mysterious, classically-inspired

pictures of empty town squares for

which he is best known

 

 

De Chirico is most famous for the eerie mood and strange artificiality of the cityscapes he painted in the 1910s. Their great achievement lies in the fact that he

treats the scenes not as

conventional cityscapes – as perspectives on places full of movement and everyday incident – but rather as the kinds of haunted streets we might encounter in dreams.

They are backdrops

for pregnant symbols or even, at times, for collections of objects that resemble still lifes. De Chirico’s innovative approach to these pictures – an approach rather

like that of a theatrical set

designer – has encouraged critics to describe them as “dream writings

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