Giorgio de Chirico: Aux origines du surréalisme belge
BAM & Mardaga, 2019
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Giorgio de Chirico, at the origins of Belgian surrealism, this book invites you to discover the founder of metaphysical painting and the one who, as early as 1910, was the precursor of surrealism. A selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures punctuating the career of the artist highlights the threads of the work of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the outstanding loan of some thirty works of the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris and many prestigious loans, as well as to many specialists, this publication hopes to contribute to a better knowledge of the often reduced work in its first years of production, at the height of its richness and its singularity. In order to establish links with the history of Belgian surrealism, this book also aims to show how crucial Chirico’s influence on the development of surrealism in Belgium was. For the major surrealist figures René Magritte, Paul Delvaux and Jane Graverol, Giorgio de Chirico is of particular importance: the discovery of his work guides the evolution of their career and will be for them forever a model. They borrowed from him a poetic approach to creation, a mysterious atmosphere, a freedom of representation, and certain themes that inhabit the entire work of Chirico, all of which nourish an exciting dialogue. At the start of this meeting, the Belgian surrealists developed a personal work, but which keeps the memory of their spiritual father. IN FRENCH!