Giorgio de Chirico – Catalogue of Works vol. 3 (1913-1976)

Giorgio de Chirico
Catalogue of Works - vol. 3 (1913-1976)
Maretti Editore – vol. 3/2016

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, which in 2016 celebrated its 30th anniversary of safeguarding Giorgio de Chirico’s art and thought, is pleased to announce the release of Giorgio de Chirico — Catalogue of Works (Vol. 3), published by Maretti Editore.

This third edition presents an additional 451 artworks deemed authentic by the Foundation published chronologically from 1913 to 1976.

Consistent to the first and second publications — Vol. 1/2014, Vol. 2/2015 — the present volume comprises only of artworks not included in Claudio Bruni Sakraischik’s original cataloguing process (Electa, Milan 1971-1987). The paintings, watercolours and drawings, with reproductions in colour and in black & white, further expand the panorama of de Chirico’s world with an accent placed on his wide-ranging work for the theatre as set and costume designer.

The current cataloguing process, which brings the total number of artworks published to 1379, is the result of the Foundation’s continuous in-depth research and study of the Pictor Optimus‘ iconographic subject matter and various stylistic periods. The identification of the artist’s authentic work constitutes one of the Foundation’s principal objectives in its endeavour to safeguard Giorgio de Chirico’s art and intellectual work, an activity which also contributes to the fight against the forgery of his artwork.

The Foundation’s ongoing commitment in the publication of the Catalogue of Works is aimed at offering art enthusiasts, collectors, scholars and experts a valid research tool for consultation and comparison, aimed at furthering knowledge of de Chirico’s work. As occurred with the first two volumes, the cataloguing of such a significant number of works, many little-known or that have as yet remained outside the realm of academic research, will undoubtedly play an important role in the advancement of the study of the artist’s work.

The 472-page volume includes an introductory essay by Maurizio Calvesi, member of the Lincean Academy and undisputed and unsurpassed connoisseur of the Pictor Optimus‘ oeuvre, a foreword by Paolo Picozza, President of Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, a poem in prose by Giorgio de Chirico, Painting (1938), a brief biography on the artist and a summary of the Foundation’s activity.

A bibliography for the artworks in the catalogue, with the exception of previously unpublished works, includes references from the principal monographs, exhibition catalogues, periodicals and auction house catalogues (from the 1980s on) in the form of a separate dossier. The bibliography with updated references for the first two volumes is also included herein.

The Foundation is also preparing a Catalogue of Drawings by Giorgio de Chirico that will constitute another indispensable tool for furthering knowledge on the Pictor Optimus’ oeuvre.

Maretti Editore, Falciano (RSM), 2016
Language: Italian, English
Artworks: n. 929-1379
Pages: 472
ISBN: 978-88-98855-78-0
Cover: G. de Chirico, Warriors and Philosophers, 1928