Giorgio de Chirico during and after WW I
The Italian artist, born 1888 in Greece, is especially known for his metaphysical paintings like "The disturbing muses" (1) painted in 1918. Although he was in the army he never really fought at the frontline. Maybe this is one of the reasons why he didn't use war-related motives but many self-portraits (2) or Roman urban scenes (3). He found his own way to process the war by dealing with the metaphysical meaning of Renaissance paintings and his search for identity.
1. Giorgio de Chirico: The disturbing muses, 1918, oil on canvas, 97 x 66 cm, Gianni Mattioli Collection Milan
2. Giorgio de Chirico: Self-portrait, 1920, oil on a wooden panel, 50 x 39 cm, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
3. Giorgio de Chirico: The departure of the Argonauts, 1920, tempera on canvas, 54 x 73 cm, private collection
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