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Chirico, Giorgio de

Paris. Editions des Quatre Chemins. 1929
Giorgio de Chirico's mythically rare first suite of lithographs, nearly impossible to find complete.

From the edition limited to 112 copies with each lithograph signed and numbered by de Chirico in pencil.

Ciranna cites an additional ten copies issued in monochrome only as suites for the first ten numbered copies.

de Chirico's lithographs are titled as follows:

1. 'Il Ritorno del Figliuol Prodigo I'.
2. 'Gladiatore'.
3. 'Hebdomeros'.
4. 'Villa sul Mare'.
5. 'Scuola di Gladiatori II'.
6. 'Gli Archeologi IV'.

'La serie intitolata 'Metamorphosis' fu pubblicata a Parigi nel 1929 dalle 'Editions des Quatre Chemins' e costituisce il primo incontro impegnativo di de Chirico con la tecnica litografica ... oggi introvabile completa ... '. (Ciranna).

'La première suite de lithographies en couleurs de Chirico quasiment inconnue complète ... Précieuse suite de ces 6 lithographies en couleurs de Chirico, publiée sans titre ni justification, qui constitue la première rencontre significative du peintre avec la technique lithographique ... Cette suite complète est de la plus grande rareté.' (Bibliothèque Daniel Filipacchi Deuxième Partie).

Of mythical rarity, de Chirico's 'Metamorphosis' is almost impossible to find in complete form: we can locate only a single example sold at auction, that of Daniel Filipacchi in 2005; in addition we can locate only the copy in the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France described by Ciranna in 1969 as the sole recorded example.

[Ciranna 11 - 16; see Bibliothèque Daniel Filipacchi Deuxième Partie lot 75, Christie's Paris, Vendredi 21 Octobre 2005].
[6 unnumbered leaves]. Folio. (572 x 462 mm). Six original colour lithographs by Giorgio de Chirico, each signed and numbered in pencil at lower right (sheet size: 565 x 450 mm or the reverse). Loose in original publisher's cloth-backed portfolio, boards with textured faux crumpled paper pattern, printed title label to front board.

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