The Impressionist

By Adelia Prado

On one occasion,
my father painted the whole house
a brilliant orange.
We lived for a long time in a house,
as he said himself,
eternally dawning.

Sun on the Easel, 1968 Giorgio de chirico

Sun on the Easel. Giorgio de Chirico. 1968.

 

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Rising Sun

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Rising Sun on the Plaza. Giorgio de Chirico. 1976.


The Dream Turns

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The Dream Turns. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.


Gare Montparnasse

Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure). Giorgio de Chirico. 1914.

Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure). Giorgio de Chirico. 1914.


Melancholia

The Soothsayer's Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

The Soothsayer’s Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

This painting is one of a series of melancholic cityscapes that de Chirico painted featuring a lone statue in a deserted Italian piazza. The antique statue represents the sleeping Ariadne, who according to Greek mythology was abandoned by her lover on the desert island of Naxos. The confrontation of the classical world with a modern steam engine in the distance creates an uneasy ambiguity of time and space.

(From Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913


The Uncertainty of the Poet

The Uncertainty of the Poet. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

The Uncertainty of the Poet. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.


Mindscape

Inside the Artist’s Studio

Sun on the Easel. Giorgio De Chirico. 1973.

Sun on the Easel. Giorgio De Chirico. 1973.

Landscape in art, De Chirico says here, is not a copy of the exterior world, as the ordinary viewer naturally thinks, but a reflection of the artist’s mind.