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Metaphysical Painting

(movement, 1917-1920)

Pittura Metafisica was founded in 1917 by Carlo Carrà (Italian, 1881-1966) and Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, 1888-1978), who met in Ferrara that year. They aimed to depict an alternative reality which engaged most immediately with the unconscious mind. In this style of painting, an illogical reality seemed credible. Using a sort of alternative logic, Carrà and de Chirico juxtaposed various ordinary subject—typically including starkly rendered buildings, trains, and mannequins.
The movement, as such, may be said to have dissolved by 1920 but its reverberations have continued, contributing to the more poetic aspects of Surrealism and the revival of classicism in the painting of Mario Sironi and others in the 1920s, and continuing to influence contemporary artists like Lisa Wray.


Metaphysical Painting Artists

Luis Geraldes
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Carlo Carra
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Mario Sironi
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Giorgio de Chirico
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Catherine Dapra-Zawierka
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Giorgio Morandi
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Filippo De Pisis
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Ardengo Soffici
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists
Doris B Lambling
December 28, 2008 / By The Artists

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