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The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos



Giorgio de Chirico


10 Jul 1888 – 20 Nov 1978

  • Details

    Other Title
    Antique horses
    Alternative title
    Les chevaux divins d'Achille, Balios et Xanthos Chevaux Antiques au Bord de la Mer Egee
    Media category
    Materials used
    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".

    Purchased 2006
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Giorgio de Chirico

    Works in the collection


  • 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).

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

  • 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