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Giorgio de Chirico
1888 - 1978
GUERRIERO FRIGIO COL SUO CAVALLO E UN TEMPIETTO (PHRYGIAN WARRIOR WITH HIS HORSE AND A SMALL TEMPLE)
signed G. de Chirico (lower right)
gouache on paper laid down on card
33 by 21.5cm., 13 by 8 1/2 in.
Executed circa 1935.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.

Provenance

Private Collection, Washington, D.C. (acquired circa 1965)
Private Collection, Washington, D.C. (by descent from the above)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 11th November 1999, lot 416
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Giorgio de Chirico's Italian parents moved to Volos, Greece when his father, an engineer, found work there. The exposure to the antique world and the influence of his father’s passion and profession would deeply influence the artist’s style. Classical mythology, history and architecture provided endless sources of inspiration for the young artist, and de Chirico regularly combined such subjects with contemporary settings and anecdotes. De Chirico spent much of his adolescence wandering through museums and studying the great Italian artistic traditions, particularly the Baroque period, which greatly informed his painterly style.

In the 1920s, de Chirico abandoned his unique early Surrealist style, which had had a great influence on the group of artists gathered around André Breton, and in turning to the Classical world as a new source of inspiration, he embraced the avant-garde trend led by Pablo Picasso’s Neo-Classical period.

Guerriero Frigio col Suo Cavallo e Un Tempietto is a splendid example of the subject of animals in an enigmatic locale, which was to become one of the most iconic mythological subjects in de Chirico’s oeuvre. He would return to this theme frequently, surrounding his equine figures with antique ruins and classical human figures as seen in the present work. 

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