De Chirico is constantly studying his own image. To do this, he experiments with poses, facial expressions, changes clothes, examines his face.
3 most famous self-portraits of Giorgio de Chirico
De Chirico - Self Portrait 1922
Self-portrait of 1922 bears the undoubted influence of the iconography of the Italian Renaissance, and the profile of the character makes you recall the canons of ancient art. There is also an artist’s favorite technique for doubling the image. Giving its features to the marble bust, de Chirico continues the dialogue with antiquity.
De Chirico - Self Portrait 1945On a self portrait in 1945 we see an almost naked de Chirico sitting in a natural, not staged pose. The artist depicts himself in the spirit of ancient tradition - he appears before the viewer in the guise of the Greek philosopher Diogenes.
Self portrait in the garden - de Chirico
On the Self portrait in the garden the artist presented himself in a 17th-century costume. It stands in a Versailles garden, elegant and refined - a marble vase with gilding, a French park and a marble statue in the background. The composition takes the form typical of such canvases: the figure of the person portrayed in the center acquires significance and monumentality, thanks to the lowered horizon line. The splendor of the costume and surroundings, the romantically rebellious sky in the background give the portrait a spirit of theatricality, art play.
Veland Schmid, biographer de Chirico, explains the artist’s passion for dressing in preparation for self-portraits: He puts on a costume of a nobleman or condottier and puts himself in different eras. He covers his face with a wax or even a stone mask, conquers his melancholy, an oppressed state of mind, pushes all personal sensations to the background. For him, only the outfits are important, their color and texture, in a word - painting. The artist, as it were, competes with the masters of those eras in whose entourage he puts his double, eras in which he would like to visit each.