Metaphysical Painting

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Metaphysical Painting

 

a tendency in Italian painting that was prevalent from around 1915 to the early 1920’s. Its exponents (the founder G. de Chirico, C. Carrà, F. de Pisis, M. Campigli, F. Casorati, G. Morandi), who were connected with the magazine Valori Plastici (1919–22), shared to a large extent the general tendencies of neoclassicism of the 1920’s. They sought to express the depressing emptiness and frightening coldness of a world estranged from man and to reveal a kind of secret, magical meaning in the arrangement of unrelated objects.

REFERENCES

Carra, C. Pittura metafisica. Florence [1919].
Apollonio, U. Pittura metafisica. Venice, 1950.
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