The Philosophy of Enigma: Art of Giorgio de Chirico

On this day an outstanding Italian master of the Metaphysical art Giorgio de Chirico died in 1978. You can read more about the artist and this art movement here. And now take a look at top-5 art quotes by de Chirico that reflect his creative philosophy.
  • To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
  • One must picture everything in the world as an enigma, and live in the world as if in a vast museum of strangeness.
  • When I close my eyes my vision is even more powerful.
  • The structure of cities, the architecture of houses, squares, gardens, public walks, gateways, railway stations, etc – all these provide us with the basic principles of a great Metaphysical aesthetic… …We, who live under the sign of the Metaphysical alphabet, we know the joy and sorrows to be found in a gateway, a street corner, a room, on the surface of a table, between the sides of a box…
  • There is much more mystery in the shadow of a man walking on a sunny day than in all religions of the world.

The Uncertainty of the Poet 1913 Giorgio de Chirico 1888-1978 Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund (Eugene Cremetti Fund), the Carroll Donner Bequest, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and members of the public 1985

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