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Title

The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

1963


Artist

Giorgio de Chirico

Italy

10 Jul 1888 - 20 Nov 1978


About

De Chirico emerged as a proto-surrealist some 20 years before Surrealism became a movement. Later he rejected modernist originality and began copying from old master styles and even remaking his own earlier paintings. His visionary and poetic images evoke nostalgia, enigma and myth. He was a source of inspiration for European artists in the 1920s and 1930s then fell from favour till he was resurrected by post-modern appropriation artists in the 1980s (for example Imants Tillers and Christopher le Brun).


Details


Other Title

Antique horses


Alternative title

Les chevaux divins d'Achille, Balios et Xanthos Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee


Date

1963


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

96.5 x 87.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., oil "G. de Chirico/... 1963". Signed and dated u.c. verso, ink ".../ Giorgio de Chirico/ ... 25 Dicembre 1963". Signed l.c., oil G. de Chirico".


Credit

Purchased 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

178.2006


Artist information

Giorgio de Chirico

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Isabella de Chirico, Rome/Italy, inscription verso

Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris, Paris/France, exhibited in 'De Chirico: néo-baroque' 1985 and 'De Chirico et ses Consequences Post-Metaphysiques' 1993 at Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris

Private Collection, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Deutscher-Menzies 2006. 'Australian and International Fine Art, Melbourne and Sydney', 14 June 2006, lot.no.39


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris, De Chirico: néo-baroque, Paris, 1985. cat.no.30, as 'Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee'

Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, Catalogo generale Giorgio De Chirico, Milan, 1971, (illus.). 21 volumes

Giorgio de Chirico, De Chirico by de Chirico, New York, 1972, 70 (illus.). cat.no.36 as 'Antique horses'

Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, Australian + international fine art, Sydney, Wednesday, 14 June, 2006, Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). lot.no.39

Pere Gimferrer, Giorgio de Chirico, New York, 1989, (colour illus.). cat.no.122

Wieland Schmied, De Chirico: Leben und Werk, Munich, circa 1980, 262 (colour illus.). cat.no.149

Imants Tillers, Look, 'Gallery buys a de Chirico', pg.22-24, Sydney, Dec 2006-Jan 2007, 22, 23 (colour illus.).