The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos
Giorgio de Chirico
10 Jul 1888 - 20 Nov 1978
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).
Les chevaux divins d'Achille, Balios et Xanthos Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee
oil on canvas
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".
Not on display
© Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
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
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
Imants Tillers, Look, 'Gallery buys a de Chirico', pg.22-24, Sydney, Dec 2006-Jan 2007, 22, 23 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Catalogo generale Giorgio De Chirico, Milan, 1971, (illus.). 21 volumes
Unknown, De Chirico: néo-baroque, Paris, 1985. cat.no.30, as 'Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee'
Unknown, Giorgio de Chirico, New York, 1989, (colour illus.). cat.no.122
Unknown, De Chirico: Leben und Werk, Munich, circa 1980, 262 (colour illus.). cat.no.149