Walk of the philosopher by Giorgio de Chirico

Walk of the philosopher by Giorgio de Chirico

“Walk the philosopher” – a novel and unexpected work. De Chirico depicts in perspective a pedestal on which there is a plaster cast of the head of Zeus and two metal-shining artichokes, the balance of which is about to be broken. It seems that the objects now begin to roll off the surface.

The composition is inscribed in the open space with a factory pipe in the background. “Walk the philosopher” – one of the most difficult to understand the metaphysical works of the artist. The noble and stoic nature of the deity is contrasted here with artichokes – quite common

in France and Italy, vegetables. Summarizing, you can see the opposition of mineral, stone and plant elements. The master arranges objects in various combinations, using them simply as symbols.

It is difficult to talk about some connections between a red pipe, a plaster head and two artichokes. Because in reality these objects are not compatible. The play of light and shadow strengthens the mystery of the scene. Rounded forms of artichokes are found in many of de Chirico’s works of this period. One day, in 1913, the artist had an unusual dream: “The beauty of the slender red pipes, the Wall.” Two iron artichokes are being worked on me… “These deceased artificers, de Chirico, in the future, will enrich their metaphorical palette.

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