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Torino metafisica
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Torino metafisica

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Giorgio de Chirico, Torino metafisica\nSigned G. de Chirico (lower right), titled Torino Metafisica (center right); inscribed quadro metaphisico autentico da me dipinto e firmato, in fede, and signed Giorgio de Chirico (on the reverse)\nOil on canvas\n19 3/4 by 15 3/4 in.\n50 by 40 cm\nPainted in 1951.
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Torino metafisica is a cunning elaboration of Giorgio de Chirico's most iconic features. The city of Turin marks the ideal backdrop for the artist's thematic investigations, of which he would comment, "it is the deepest, most enigmatic, most alarming city, not just of Italy, but of the whole world" (quoted in M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, de Chirico; gli anni Trenta, Milan, 1996, p. 138). Marking the constant search for the ultimate metaphysical painting, de Chirico explores the themes of time and geometry while investing the composition with a suspended narrative.

In the present work, the artist disrupts our sense of the familiar and the mysterious by placing together non-communicating elements which are harmonically and aesthetically combined through their form and color. Leading the viewers deep within the recesses of the picture, the mannequin near the left foreground visually echoes the terracotta column in the background while the mustard-coloured easel leads the eye back towards the work's central plane. Once again, de Chirico consistently plays with form, perspective, and shadow, to trick us into perceiving at once the multivalent planes of the work. Through the juxtaposition of familiar images of everyday life with imaginary human-like figures, de Chirico creates an alternative mysterious reality which inhabits the viewer's unconscious mind rather than projecting a lucid interpretation of our known world.

medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Giorgio de Chirico

dimensions

19 3/4 by 15 3/4 in. 50 by 40 cm

literature

Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, Catalogo Generale Giorgio de Chirico, Opere dal 1951 al 1974, vol. VIII, Milan, no. 1158

provenance

Galleria la Casa dell'Arte, Sasso Marconi (no. 4242)

Salomon & C. Collection, Turin

Sale: Finarte, Rome, November 18, 1997, 294

European Private Collection (and sold: Christie's, London, October 16, 2006, lot 207)

Acquired at the above sale


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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