Giorgio de Chirico 1888-1978 (Italy)

Before World War 1, Giorgio de Chirico started the scuola metafisica movement (Metaphysical  art movement) during the time that he was in Paris, which ultimately influenced future surrealist artists. He is best known for his empty and totally deserted town themes and his work got much attention in France as he continued into the realm of surrealism; however, his supporters started dying down as he began pursuing Baroque and neo-classical art styles in the 1920s. His reputation didn’t improve as time moved on because he constantly brought back new versions of Metaphysical themes from his earlier artwork. In contrast, his work started gaining recognition by the 1980s as artists started becoming influenced by the strange and mysterious cityscapes he painted. Many of his paintings have also inspired books, music, and video games in the 21st century. What makes his art unique is that he can make anything out of objects but make them look very simple and interesting at the same time while keeping his ideas in a pretty realistic manner.

I don’t know why, but I’ve always been captivated by surreal paintings and as a result, I’ve been a big fan of Salvador Dali’s work for the longest time. However, I was really surprised that Chirico was one of the artists who influenced the surreal paintings of Dali. Overall, I became a huge fan of Chirico’s work—whether it’s the element of surprise or the colors he uses, you’re always tempted to find answers. There’s just something in his paintings that make them seem so mysterious and different…



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