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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

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Giorgio de Chirico

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  • 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