Metaphysical painting

The Disquieting Muses by Giorgio de Chirico, 1947

Metaphysical painting (Italian: pittura metafisica) or metaphysical art was a style of painting developed by the Italian artists Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà. The movement began in 1910 with de Chirico, whose dreamlike works with sharp contrasts of light and shadow often had a vaguely threatening, mysterious quality, "painting that which cannot be seen".[1] De Chirico, his younger brother Alberto Savinio, and Carrà formally established the school and its principles in 1917.

  1. ^ Conway Morris, Roderick (9 February 2007). "De Chirico: Painting landscapes of the mind". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 11 April 2020 – via The New York Times. Also available from the personal website of the author.

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