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Synopsis: De Chirico: The Metaphysical Period is the most authoritative source on the formative years and period of greatest achievement in the career of Giorgio de Chirico, one of the masters of twentieth-century art.
Beginning around 1909, Giorgio de Chirico projected in his paintings an irrational, dreamlike world of empty classical cityscapes populated by statues, shadows, and familiar objects isolated or mysteriously juxtaposed. This Metaphysical Painting, as he called it, was seized on by the Surrealists in the 1920s and has continued to haunt our imagination. Paolo Baldacci's monograph reveals the many biographical elements of de Chirico's mysterious work, devoting particular attention to his most critically acclaimed period, 1909-19.
Review: The warm colors and familiar icons in the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico are deceptively soothing. The varying lines of perspective, blurring of indoor and outdoor space, and the coupling of ancient images with turn-of-the-century industry are both vaguely familiar and certainly disconcerting, evocative of being lost in a city or wandering through a stranger's home. Vacant plazas, shadowy arcades, and lonely statues are the eerie edges of dreams that are lost in the morning. Even de Chirico's most standard still lifes are ambient and consuming.
De Chirico's complete early work, that of his "metaphysical period," is gathered in this generously sized volume from Bulfinch Press. The work from museums and private collections from around the world illustrates critical exposition as well as exhaustive documentation (three pages of notes for a 20-page chapter) of de Chirico's training and production. The catalog overflows with color entries and black-and-white supplementary illustrations of family, friends, places, influential works, and drawing studies that contributed to the evolution of the painter and his masterpieces. The book's author, Paolo Baldacci, writes in his introduction that "practically all of the paintings executed from 1908-09 to the summer of 1914 are fundamental for understanding the various phases of de Chirico's aesthetic development. The works of these crucial years, rich in symbolism and dense with thought, cast in pictorial form a vast conception of the world, of life, and of art drawn from de Chirico's intensive reading of Nietzsche, Leopardi, Schopenhauer, and Heraclitus." --Manine Golden
Title: DE CHIRICO: The Metaphysical Period
Publisher: A Bulfinch Press Book / Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Bulfinch Press, Boston, 1997. OLeinen. Book Condition: Verlagsfrisch. Dust Jacket Condition: Verlagsfrisch. Bedeutende Werkmonographie der metaphysischen Periode mit einem Verzeichnis der 149 Gemälde, welche 1909 bis 1919 entstanden sind, sowie mit dem Werkverzeichnis der Zeichnungen (122 Eintr.) Eindrucksvolles Werk von Baldicci, der der bedeutendste De Chirico-Kenner in Iralien ist. OLeinen mit farbig illustriertem Schutzumschlag. 443 Seiten mit 450 s/w.- und 150 Farbabbildungen. Verlagsfrisaches Exemplar in englischer Sprache. Size: 28,5 x 33,5. Bookseller Inventory # 50210
Book Description Bulfinch Press, Boston, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition oversize hardcover with d-j in like condition. Pages clean and unmarked. Shipped in cardboard box or padded envelope within 1 business day of order. Tracking number provided. Bookseller Inventory # 208888
Book Description Little, Brown and Company / A Bullfinch Press Book,, Boston, New York Toronto & London, 1997. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. D.j. (with small tears), 444 p. Approximately 600 ill. (150 color). Various appendices, including "Exhibitions from 1912 to 1940 where Works from the Metaphysical Period were Shown"; bibliography. Lower outer corner of cover rubbed. Bookseller Inventory # 028418
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