Giorgio Chirico – Metaphysical Art

Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm driven bird at night we fly out of nowhere: For a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and lo! We are gone again into nowhere – Quoted from King Solomon’s mines.

When exploring what inspires artist, I came across a very short movement that lasted for about 20 years. This movement was the metaphysical art movement of which Giorgio Chirico was considered the father. This painter born in the later part of the 1800’s who died in 1978, was  the founder of the metaphysical art movement, but what is more interesting are the concepts that inspired him. Giogio Chirico was not only a great artist, but also someone with a keen interest in philosophy and he metaphysical.

He first studied art in Italy, but for a time he moved to Germany, and while studying art there he read works by philosophers, Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Arnold Bocklin, and Max Klinger. When he returned to Italy, his work began to reflect his religious beliefs. Chirico is best known for putting his poetry into his art work. For a time his metaphysical work was only done with cityscapes but later Chirico began to do his Metaphysical art with humans.

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