With his Pittura Metafisica , the Greek-born Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978) exerted a notable influence on the interwar European avant-garde , and was acclaimed by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Paul Éluard.
The artist's Pittura Metafisica placed figures resembling mannequins or statues in spaces with single point perspective , such as city squares, shrinking arcades, distant walls, or claustrophobic interiors. The angular perspectives, the impressive shadows, the geometric planes and the voids in the space formed dramatic compositions in which a feeling of anxiety and loneliness was hidden. The paintings sought to unsettle, for the observer to rethink reality and look under appearances for elusive memories and unexpected perceptions. While Breton-like surrealists drew on Freud's theories of the unconscious, de Chirico was fascinated by Nietzsche.
This rigorous introduction to the artist explores the haunting shadows and sinister corners of the painter's Pittura Metafisica as well as his subsequent progression to a more classical style , a move much criticized by the surrealists who so admired his early works.
Author: Magdalena Holzhey Binding: Hardcover Format: 21 x 26 cm Pages: 96 Spanish Language