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Giorgio de Chirico *


(Volos, Greece 1888–1978 Rome)
Cavalli sbandati dopo la battaglia, 1955–57, signed; signed and inscribed on the reverse, oil on canvas, 73 x 87.5 cm, framed

The work is registered in the Archivio Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome and is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity

Provenance:
European Private Collection (acquired in 1957)

Ever since his early childhood in Volos and Athens, Giorgio de Chirico was surrounded by images of the antique world. His origins and then his studies of painting and drawing made at Athens Polytechnique and later at the Academy of Fine Art of Munich, allowed him to discover classical mythology, history and architecture that provided an endless source of inspiration for his painting.

This fascinating painting revisits one of de Chirico’s favourite and most recurring themes: classical horses standing alone and fidgeting in an ancient Mediterranean landscape with ruins or castles on the background.
His horses, vibrant with life, moved by pictorial matter and oneiric fantasy, animated by an inexhaustible life, were the ‘enigma and infinite nostalgia of the deep’, as he once said. Ancient and iconic creatures, they became one of the key evocative images of his art, appearing in numerous paintings throughout his career: starting with the first paintings (in a style reminiscent of Böklin) to the later ones of the 1930s (that followed Renoir’s technique). They were then taken up again in the so-called neo-metaphysical period that began after World War II and lasted nearly until the artist’s death.
In the painting “Cavalli sbandati dopo la battaglia” (Stray Horses after the Battle), in addition to the mythical horses so dear to Dechirican poetry and, here, undisputed protagonists of the scene, there is another recurring element in the Master's work – the castle. It, too, is symbolic of ancient cultures – the heart and soul of an entire civilisation whose fate would have depended on comings and goings occurring inside the grandiose architecture.
The towering castle here is up in flames, majestic but “defeated”. Bewildered and abandoned, the horses flee to their fate and the surrounding nature takes on a distinctly dramatic quality, skillfully rendered by fast, agitated, almost Expressionist brushstrokes.

Expert: Alessandro Rizzi Alessandro Rizzi
+39-02-303 52 41

alessandro.rizzi@dorotheum.it

22.06.2021 - 16:00

Odhadní cena:
EUR 80.000,- do EUR 120.000,-

Giorgio de Chirico *


(Volos, Greece 1888–1978 Rome)
Cavalli sbandati dopo la battaglia, 1955–57, signed; signed and inscribed on the reverse, oil on canvas, 73 x 87.5 cm, framed

The work is registered in the Archivio Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome and is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity

Provenance:
European Private Collection (acquired in 1957)

Ever since his early childhood in Volos and Athens, Giorgio de Chirico was surrounded by images of the antique world. His origins and then his studies of painting and drawing made at Athens Polytechnique and later at the Academy of Fine Art of Munich, allowed him to discover classical mythology, history and architecture that provided an endless source of inspiration for his painting.

This fascinating painting revisits one of de Chirico’s favourite and most recurring themes: classical horses standing alone and fidgeting in an ancient Mediterranean landscape with ruins or castles on the background.
His horses, vibrant with life, moved by pictorial matter and oneiric fantasy, animated by an inexhaustible life, were the ‘enigma and infinite nostalgia of the deep’, as he once said. Ancient and iconic creatures, they became one of the key evocative images of his art, appearing in numerous paintings throughout his career: starting with the first paintings (in a style reminiscent of Böklin) to the later ones of the 1930s (that followed Renoir’s technique). They were then taken up again in the so-called neo-metaphysical period that began after World War II and lasted nearly until the artist’s death.
In the painting “Cavalli sbandati dopo la battaglia” (Stray Horses after the Battle), in addition to the mythical horses so dear to Dechirican poetry and, here, undisputed protagonists of the scene, there is another recurring element in the Master's work – the castle. It, too, is symbolic of ancient cultures – the heart and soul of an entire civilisation whose fate would have depended on comings and goings occurring inside the grandiose architecture.
The towering castle here is up in flames, majestic but “defeated”. Bewildered and abandoned, the horses flee to their fate and the surrounding nature takes on a distinctly dramatic quality, skillfully rendered by fast, agitated, almost Expressionist brushstrokes.

Expert: Alessandro Rizzi Alessandro Rizzi
+39-02-303 52 41

alessandro.rizzi@dorotheum.it


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