Picture “Rising Sun”, Giorgio de Kiriko, 1930
- Posted by Giorgio de Kiriko
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1930
Overview of the painting :
The rising sun is Giorgio de Kiriko. 1930. Wood, tempera
Giorgio de Kiriko (1888-1978), an Italian artist and art theorist, rightfully considered one of the harbingers of surrealism in modern painting, in the second half of his life he moved away from innovative ideas, seeking inspiration in images of classical art. After success at the Paris exhibition in 1925, he increasingly began to borrow stories for his paintings from Greco-Roman mythology. Ancient Mediterranean civilization was native to the master who was born and spent childhood and adolescence in Greece, and youth and mature years in Italy.
The rising sun is a symbolic image of the ancient world, the time of the birth of European culture. In a picture with the same name, de Kiriko shows how the sun, with its rays similar to human hands, caresses the golden sky and the sandy shore, touching the fragments of ancient architecture lying at the foot of a small, anti-fiction temple crowned with a triangular pediment that rests on the semi-column of the ionic order. In the vicinity, huge, ashore-throwed starfish are visible. The sea is not visible, but in front of the viewer are its inhabitants. Antique civilization was coastal, all its large centers did not move further than 60 km from the coast. Opposite the ancient temple is a conditionally depicted, but recognizable typical Italian house with shutters, possibly symbolizing the continuity of cultures. Although the painter was imbued with interest in the classical heritage, his artistic language and figurative system were still closely associated with the previous period of creativity. The whole picture is a set of signs seen as if in a dream or vision. Obviously, however, that it arises in the artist’s imagination not spontaneously, but is a figment of thoughts and thoughts clothed in the form of random imagination.