Sunday, January 23, 2011

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO



After a winter of being bound indoors by snow and the temptation of a few too many good books, cabin fever has started to set in. Though springtime is still two months away and it's been bitterly cold on the east coast, I've been enjoying the welcome afternoon sun outdoors.



I recently discovered this location and it immediately evoked the work of pre-Surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico.



De Chirico (1888-1978) was an Italian painter who was a proponent of the Surrealist movement. He is credited for founding the scuola metafisica, an Italian art movement which centered on representations of the unconscious mind.



De Chirico's most well-known work comes from his metaphysical period (1909-1919), in which he depicted Nietzschean architecture, eerily devoid of figures and life. He was interested in a visual poetry where the effect of the whole is equal to more than the sum of the parts.



These haunting works were seen as early Surrealism, and artists such as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and René Magritte all count De Chirico's metaphysical works as inspiration.



During De Chirico's later career, he returned to a more classical style of painting, influenced by Rubens. He even went so far as to denounce modern art, yet continued to begrudgingly create "replicas" of his famous metaphysical works in order to make a living.



Despite his mid-career change of philosophy, De Chirico was responsible for influencing Surrealism, one of the most important art movements of the 20th century.



My De Chirico-inspired look centered around the archway location and I simply added tights and a coat that were reminiscent of some of the hues of the paintings.



I'm wearing a vintage coat, vintage leather patchwork belt, H&M tights, vintage Ray-Bans, Schuler & Sons leather lace-up wedges, and a purple suede Sorial handbag.




[De Chirico images from flickr.com, suite101.com, artnet.com, arcadja.com, and artnet.com, respectively.]


44 comments:

  1. It was a glorious weekend, wasn't it? The sky was perfect! It's wonderful to see how much fun you had--you found a great location!

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  2. This is such a beautiful location! I'm in awe of your artistic knowledge.

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  3. I just love the outfit/painting comparisons. Brilliant! xo

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  4. Wonderful, Ariel. DeChrico was an innovator and you've included a great selection of paintings along with info about the contradictions of his life. Your photos are beautifully constructed with the brick archway and your ensemble (love the multi-colored coat and your purple bag.) Thank you for posting.

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  5. This location is awesome as is your coat!

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  6. Great photos, love the collars <3

    xoxo

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  7. I am so envious that you are enjoying some sun out there. It's definitely not the case here, in the UK. Weather troubles aside, I love the coat, and I love how bright and startling the colour of your tights are. Plus, this is a fabulous spot for taking your photos.

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  8. wow you look amazing! all of your outfits are executed so perfectly and the artwork you relate your outfits back to is always spot on! love love love it.

    hope to hear from you soon!
    xo, camilla & valerie
    abutterflybyday.blogspot.com

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  9. Love your location! The coat is fab and love it with the yellow tights!

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  10. You totally brought that jacket to a new level with the tights and purse, great outfit.

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  11. Wow what an interesting and new post - never seen you do something inspired by a location before. It's a nice change to mix it up. I think that the pattern on your jacket looks a little like the stripes of brick from far away too, along with the same colors.

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  12. What a fantastic coat and beautiful architecture!
    It's hard to pick, but out of the artists you listed I think Rene Magritte is the favorite of mine. I need to go back to all your prior posts (I love your blog so!) and see if you ever done Rene Magritte dedication. I also really like Max Ernst but that would be tough! But again, what's tough for us mortals is a piece of cake to you ;) lol
    xx
    maya

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  13. brilliant,

    sheer brilliance!!!

    gosh you are a wonderful blogger!

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  14. Thank you so much for following! I am totally in love with your outfit here, the colors are genius!

    xo Lynzy

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  15. Wow, I am definitely digging the mix of bright colors and patterns in this look! It definitely puts me in the mood for spring!

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  16. Your new site reminds me of a bridge in verona, italy i went to last year! (ponte scaliegero) In the center there are stairs to an upper level and all these great opening where you can look out onto the water (and take great pictures). Maybe you should go there for research ;)

    http://www.corbisimages.com/images/67/4E56CF5F-62A8-4AFF-99B7-789658F21593/VN002448.jpg

    http://photos.worldisround.com/photos/29/399/523_o.jpg

    -amy

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  17. I am lovingg those yellow tights! Yellow is my new addiction, you see:) Your hair looks amazing as usual.

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  18. this location is amazing! i love your yellow tights & the purple bag - such a great color combo.

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  19. I love how your pictures and the art kind of go together, very cool.

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  20. What a beautiful vintage coat! The colors are like a rainbow! And your yellow tights make me smile! You managed to pull off the most sophisticated patterns and prints! xoxoxo

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  21. Gorgeous look, darling!
    And I loooooove de Chirico!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  22. This place looks gorgeous. I wish we had cool places around here. But we don't. Because this part of the United States sucks ass. Boo face.
    BTW, your tights have left me blind. I want them for my own.

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  23. i love how you mix colors and prints and its genius and perfect! just adore it!

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  24. your outfit is really cool! amazing ;)
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  25. Marvelous fashion connected to Chirico!!! U made my day! Love/FAB http://fabs.blogg.se

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  26. awesome blog! i absolutely love your incorporation of art and fashion. this is gorgeous!!!

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  27. How do you find these fantastic locations?! I want a surrealist landscape in my life! ...and that coat, too...

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  28. Inspiring outfit!
    Fabulous blog btw!

    <3
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  29. amazing outfit!! you look soo beautiful!!

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  30. Another awesome look! You're a genius, I really don't know how you always find the perfect outfit/location which matches brilliantly with the paintings (or visa versa).. PERFECT!
    x

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  31. I seriously don't know how you do it! You always have the most colorful, fun, and wonderfully styled outfits!!! Your closet must be incredible!!

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  32. que abrigo más bonito, está llenos de colores preciosos igual que las pinturas que pones, preciosas

    besos

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  33. Love the colors and the shoes! and those paintings make me think of some of the sets used in old movies from the 50's and 60's totally cool!

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  34. I love that vintage coat! Thanks for the art lesson :) following you now, too

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  35. Hey, what an amazing concept for a fashion blog! I love it. I have this totally weird morbid desire to dress like Ophelia from the Millais painting...if only...

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  36. Beautiful post and photos!:)
    I follow you ;)
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  37. I get cabin fever in the winter, too! Hope it warms up soon so that you can spend lots of time outdoors. Your outfit has wowed me as usual, I love the unusual print and the yellow & purple accents!

    Leia

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  38. I love the colour of the tights and bag. They really stand out!

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