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Journeys and Visions: Twentieth Century Artist Series 2

Glynn Vivian Exhibition

De Chirico, Giorgio
15 Oct 2016 - 15 Oct 2018
This event is free.
Glynn Vivian
Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

Room 8

Surrealism and Swansea

Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978) was a great inspiration to the surrealist movement which André Breton (1896-1966) regarded in the 1920s and 30s as revolutionary, freeing the expression of the unconscious mind, with new political, anti-capitalist ideals.

The Painter's Family, 1926, is generously on loan from Tate, and focuses on the great influence which De Chirico had in the 1920s and 1930s, not only in Paris but also in London, connecting with many artists in the Glynn Vivian collection today.

Paul Nash (1889-1946) helped organise the important International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936 in which De Chirico's work was included, as well as the Unit One exhibition which toured the UK in 1934/35, showing at the Glynn Vivian in January 1935, with fellow artists Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Tristram Hillier, amongst others.

Swansea's Ceri Richards was intensely aware in the 1930s of the exciting developments in modernist abstraction and surrealism, and later Felicity Charlton echoed more directly the influences of De Chirico in her work. 

Image: Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978), The Painter's Family ,1926, Oil paint on canvas, © Tate, London 2017 © DACS 2017


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