Giorgio de Chirico

5 12 2014

Almost on my knees. Weeping. Every time I see de Chirico’s work. There is too much loneliness. Emptiness. Almost more than is imaginable. More than can be prescribed by a god. Cruel. Like the torture of Prometheus. If God does not exist. Than the despair chokes your breath. If he does…

In the paintings of his metaphysical period, De Chirico developed a repertoire of motifs—empty arcades, towers, elongated shadows, mannequins, and trains among others—that he arranged to create “images of forlornness and emptiness” that paradoxically also convey a feeling of “power and freedom”.[15] According to Sanford Schwartz, De Chirico—whose father was a railroad engineer—painted images that suggest “the way you take in buildings and vistas from the perspective of a train window. His towers, walls, and plazas seem to flash by, and you are made to feel the power that comes from seeing things that way: you feel you know them more intimately than the people do who live with them day by day.”

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