GIORGIO DE CHIRICO ETTORE E ANDROMACA

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GIORGIO DE CHIRICO
ETTORE E ANDROMACA
Signed G. de Chirico and dated 1946 (lower right)
Oil on canvas
32¼ by 23⅝ in.
82 by 60 cm
Painted in the 1960s.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Rome
Galleria Nuova Gissi, Turin
Private Collection, Italy
Private Collection

EXHIBITED
Kamakura, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura; Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Kyoto, Kyoto National Museum & Nagoya, Nagoya City Art Museum, De Chirico presenta De Chirico, 1973-1974, no. 14, illustrated in color in the catalogue (dated 1946)

CATALOGUE NOTE
Giorgio de Chirico initially introduced the mannequin into his repertoire in 1914 during his first sojourn in Paris. His metaphysical protagonists evolved to adopt several different identities, ranging from medieval troubadours and archeologiststo mythological heroes. Here, de Chirico conjures Homer’s epic poem The Iliad as the Greek hero Hector and his wife Andromache are paused in a state of eternal affection. These two monumental figures, composed of triangles and stretcher bars (objects found in studios of both artists and seamstresses), stand in an open piazza flanked by iron red buildings of an indeterminate height. The mysterious dark shadows and gradient sky are typical motifs within de Chirico’s oeuvre. Although the artist, often shifting styles and subjects, signed and dated the painting ‘1946,’ it was painted during the 1960s–a reflection of the artist’s desire to play with the market surrounding his paintings and sculpture, and further confound his audience of viewers.


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