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De Chirico (North American) [Hardcover]

Paolo Baldacci
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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch Press (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821224999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821224991
  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 28.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,265,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for de Chirico enthusiasts. 12 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
More than its many full-color and good-sized reproductions of the great artist's best paintings, this book also offers much fascinating text to illuminate the many influences that shaped the life and work of this supreme creator of enigmatic clarities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid book 16 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book perfectly illustrating the evolution of Giorgio de Chirico's art,its roots and psychological background it emerged from.It is full of informative and complementory referencies,which are crucial for understanding the rise of modern art and the role which played in its development G.de Chirico and his contemporeries.There are also superb quality full-colour plates.
I can recommend this book for both art lovers and connoisseurs.
Michal Jansa,Prague
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant treatment of the the artist 24 Nov 2002
By William Kersten - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is on the highest level of scholarship and aesthetic criticism, bringing together many facets of art, philosophy and literature that gave birth to de Chirico's great works. Paolo Baldacci is a brilliant and erudite writer and an expert on this important, original artist. I am very disappointed that this excellent work is now out of print. The reproductions are of the highest quality as well, and this is a book that should be on the shelf of everyone interested in surrealism.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for de Chirico enthusiasts. 12 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
More than its many full-color and good-sized reproductions of the great artist's best paintings, this book also offers much fascinating text to illuminate the many influences that shaped the life and work of this supreme creator of enigmatic clarities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mindscapes of de Chirico 27 Jan 2002
By Captain Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
True surrealism is the most profound form of art because it tackles the absurdities and contradictions of our modern world and helps us to work them out through our Subconsciousness and dreams. The first time I saw an exhibition of de Chirico's works, I had extremely vivid and memorable dreams for a week after and felt "cured."
But like any religion that can deeply touch people, Surrealism, once it became famous also attracted its fair share of quacks and charlatans. This is why de Chirico is so important: In the same way that Patti Smith was 'punk' before Punk Rock was officially invented, de Chirico was a surrealist before the Surrealist Movement took conscious shape with Andre Breton's shrill "Manifesto of Surrealism" in 1924. De Chirico didn't jump on the bandwagon. He was pulling it!
This worthy but pricey (therefore minus a couple of stars) book focuses on this early period when de Chirico was happily pursuing his own path into the twilight, undisturbed by the excessive fuss that the Surrealist movement and its showmen, like Dali, later whipped up.
Paintings like "The Endless Voyage" (1914) show a jarring clutter of objects setting up intangible lines of tension, often with humorous results. In effect, his art works like the human brain, abstracting images and objects from their natural context and relocating them to the landscape of the mind and memory.
Setting the stage with his deserted cityscapes painted with sharp contrasts of light and shadow, distorted perspectives, and a blurring of the border between interior and exterior, de Chirico evokes a haunting, ominous, but strangely relaxing dream world. This deep psychological aspect of his paintings has him constantly reinterpreting themes, leading to recurrent motifs. In these early paintings lavishly reproduced in this massive tome, he constantly uses statues as focal points, later replaced by his trademark faceless mannequins. Other mysterious objects further increase the element of enigma.
De Chirico was a surrealist more by accident than design and his work relied less heavily on overt humor and shock than the more famous surrealists who followed him, like Dali and Magritte. De Chirico's focus was always on beauty and the creation of moods through an appeal to a deeper psychological language. For this reason, while much surrealist work has dated like an old joke, Chirico's art is still as fresh as ever.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DISCOVERING DE CHIRICO 18 Jun 2006
By John Degatina - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is for those just discovering De Chirico, as well as those who have valued him for many years. The color reproductions are many and excellent. His various subjects are presented in developing groups; great idea. This painter was so honored in the heyday of surrealism; because he was the most original; the pioneer of a large sweeping mood of painting. You can read as much of the text as you wish; but don't be discouraged by the endless rambling of the author; he just didn't know when to stop. If you were not a De Chirico fan when you get this book, you will be when you own it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest 30 May 2014
By August Treeson - Published on Amazon.com
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The world's greatest book on the greatest period of the greatest artist.The book is large,beautiful,and well made.The biography is in depth.The illustrations are full page and in color.
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