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An image of The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos by Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

(Italy 10 Jul 1888 – 20 Nov 1978)

Title
The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos
Other titles:
Antique horses
Alternative title:
Les chevaux divins d'Achille, Balios et Xanthos Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee
Year
1963
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

96.5 x 87.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated lower right, oil "G. de Chirico/... / 1963".
Credit
Purchased 2006
Accession number
178.2006
Copyright
© Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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).

Provenance (4)

Giorgio de Chirico, Italy

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

Bibliography (7)

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, Newtown, Dec 2006-Jan 2007, 22, 23 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

De Chirico by de Chirico:

De Chirico: néo-baroque, Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris, Paris, Oct 1985–Dec 1985

De Chirico et ses Consequences Post-Metaphysiques, Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris, Paris, Mar 1993–May 1993