Giorgio de ChiricoThe Painter's Family 1926

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Artist
Giorgio de Chirico (1888‑1978)
Title
The Painter's Family
La Famille du peintre
Date 1926
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1464 x 1149 mm frame: 1630 x 1320 x 80 mm
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Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1951
Reference
N05976
Not on display

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In the mid-1920s de Chirico reworked many of the themes of his pre-war paintings in the light of his interest in the art of the old masters. In contrast to their pre-war counterparts, the mannequins in this work have a flesh-like solidity, while their grouping echoes traditional scenes of the Holy Family. The easel and painting stick appear to refer to the artist's belief in the importance of old-fashioned technical skills. However, de Chirico's attitude towards tradition and the past was always ambiguous and ironic. The building fragments that emerge from the mannequins' stomachs, for example, seem vaguely classical but also suggest a child's building blocks.

August 2004

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