|Dimensiones||53 × 70 cm|
|About the artist and the artwork||
Metaphysical painting is characterized by its images of mystery and enigmatic atmosphere, achieved through unreal perspectives and lighting. His compositions present a strong architectural sense and a static calm that the painters, all of them Italian, had absorbed from the Renaissance. Through the suppression of any logical relationship between objects and through the restitution of an enigmatic visibility of reality, they try to convey in their paintings the deep significance of the meaninglessness of life. De Chirico is considered the main precursor of surrealist painting and his metaphysical period was going to be decisive for later currents, such as New Objectivity, Magical Realism or the Novecento.
The name of Metaphysical Painting arises during the meeting that took place in 1917 between Giorgio De Chirico, precursor of the group, and Carrá, in the Ferrara military hospital, where both were recovering from mental disorders.
Shortly after, in 1919, De Chirico published the manifesto We, metaphysical, in clear parallelism to Marinetti's writing We, futurists. The group's first exhibition is held in Rome in June 1918; From that moment on, and in the short life of the group that would dissolve in 1921, they joined the initiators Soffici, De Pisis, Morandi, Campigli and Sironi. In November 1818, the magazine Valori Plastici was published, reflecting the concerns of the group.