"We must hold enormous faith in ourselves." "When I close my eyes my vision is even more powerful." "It used to be that painters were crazy and sculptors clever. Today it's the other way around." "Everything has two aspects: the current aspect, which we see nearly always and which ordinary men see, and the ghostly and metaphysical aspect, which only rare individuals may see in moments of clairvoyance and metaphysical abstraction." "It is most important that we should rid art of all that it has contained of ‘recognizable material’ to date, all familiar subject matter, all traditional ideas, all popular symbols must be banished forthwith." "One must picture everything in the world as an enigma, and live in the world as if in a vast museum of strangeness." It is essential that the revelation we receive, the conception of an image which embraces a certain thing, which has no sense of itself, which has no subject, which means absolutely nothing from the logical point of view... should speak so strongly in us... that we feel compelled to paint...
Giorgio De Chirico & Andy Warhol
The de Chirico House and Museum
Hector and Andromache
Giorgio de Chirico (July 10, 1888 – Nov 20, 1978)
“De Chirico found himself in 1912 confronted with the problem of following one of the roads already opened or of opening a new road. He avoided Fauvism as well as Cubism and introduced what could be called ‘metaphysical painting’. Instead of exploiting the coming medium of abstraction, he organized on his canvases the meeting of elements which could only meet in a ‘metaphysical world’. These elements, painted in the minutest technique, were ‘exposed’ on a horizontal plane in orthodox perspective. This technique, in opposition to the Cubist or the purely abstract formula in full bloom at the moment, protected de Chirico’s position and allowed him to lay down the foundation of what was to become Surrealism ten years later.”
‘Appreciations of other artists’: Giorgio de Chirico