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Giorgio de Chirico : endless voyage
Schmied, Wieland, 1929-2014.
Publication Information:
Munich ; London : Prestel, [2002]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
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ND623.C56 S36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Giorgio de Chirico's idiosyncratic symbolic style had a powerful influence on 20th-century art, and in particular on Surrealism. His strange dreamscapes, featuring classical statues, Italian piazzas, sinister shadows, geometric objects, and mannequins are filled with enigma. This richly illustrated book focuses on the artist's mysterious and fascinating representations of the human form and describes how events and friendships in his life influenced his artistic development.

Author Notes

Wieland Schmied is an art critic and essayist. He was director of the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover, where he organized the first big Hundertwasser retrospective in 1964, with an accompanying catalogue raisonne. From 1974 to 1975 he was chief curator at the Berliner Nationalgalerie, from 1978 to 1986 the director of the German Artist Exchange Program (DAAD), Berlin and afterwards director of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently president of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

The work of Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was a source of wonder and influence for the artists of his time and continues to inspire artists today. These two books examine the mythical themes that run through his works. The larger work, by Taylor (assistant curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art), which accompanies the exhibition in London and Philadelphia (which ended January 5), presents de Chirico's paintings of the Ariadne myth and considers his lifelong obsession with this haunting tale. The book emphasizes his impact on the artistic and philosophical world, especially the surrealists, who first lionized and later shunned him. Essays include a previously unpublished piece by Max Ernst that touchingly describes the loneliness and self-destructiveness of the artist. With excellent illustrations (55 of 180 in color), a selected bibliography, and the use of primary resource materials, this book is a fine contribution to the literature. Schmied, an art historian who knew de Chirico toward the end of the artist's life, maps the evolution of the human figure and its placement in the dreamlike settings of the paintings. His investigation interweaves the works of de Chirico, Arnold Becklin, and Max Ernst and inquires into the literary and philosophical world of the surrealists, especially Apollinaire (the subject of a portrait by de Chirico). Schmied intersperses commentaries upon specific paintings, always with the aim of explicating the transformation of the human figure. This interesting look at one aspect of the artist's life, written with insight and care, provides more questions than answers. Current literature shows a paucity of materials on de Chirico, and much older work is out of print. Thus, both of these titles are recommended for collections of modern art in large academic and public collections.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.