Cavalli in riva al mare

Giorgio de Chirico, Cavalli in riva al mare
Author: 

Giorgio de Chirico

Type: 
Painting
Year: 
1927-1928
Material and technique: 
Size: 
129,5 x 96,5 cm
Origin: 
Galerie L'Effort Moderne, Paris; Léonce Rosenberg, Paris; Dikran Kalekian, New York
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Collection: 

Another masterpiece of the Bilotti gift, in this painting the two horsemen advance elegantly, with the horse’s manes blown by the wind and their tails undulating, on a beach caressed by the light of dawn, or perhaps, the opposite, a violet twilight. The particular and visionary atmosphere of this painting is due to two elements: the temple in the background, which is more of a phantom than real architecture, painted in watery brushstrokes in the same colours as the sky, and the pediment floating on the calm water, like an image flowering from a sea of memory. Thanks to the masterful use of oils, the painting is almost reduced to just two tones suffused with light.

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