GIORGIO DE CHIRICO "CAVALLI" LITHO, 1954
Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) while best known for his influence on the Surrealist movement, actually began his career around World War 1 in Paris and exhibited at the famed Salon des Indépendants.
As modern art began to emerge in Europe and avant-garde artists began to employ more expressionistic and abstract approaches, de Chirico remained loyal to a detailed and figurative style.
By the 1920's he was championing an approach that promoted using traditional iconography and painting techniques, especially praising Italian masters such as Raphael, all while critiquing the advance of modern art.
When the Surrealist movement emerged in the 1920's, de Chirico was accepted as a member and many of the younger members considered his work from the previous decade to be an important influence on their practice. De Chirico was never fully integrated into the group and as the years progressed his style and subject matter was increasingly at odds with their own.
De Chirico would embrace a style best-described as Neo-Baroque, which embraced content that was "Old Master".
This detailed and handsome lithograph of a regal horse, is evocative of de Chirico's later style.
It is also worth mentioning that a designer such as Piero Fornasetti similarly embraced and revisited the aesthetics and motifs of the Old Masters.
"Cavalli e Ville"
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Signed by the artist
From an edition of 125, published by Carlo Bestetti
Numbered and dated 1954 on the portfolio
16"H 22"W (work)
Very good condition. Minor wear to edges