An image of The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

Giorgio de Chirico

(Italy 10 Jul 1888 – 20 Nov 1978)

The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

Other titles:
Antique horses
Not on display
Further information

De Chirico emerged as a proto-surrealist some 20 years before Surrealism became a movement. Later he rejected modernist originality and began copying from old master styles and even remaking his own earlier paintings. His visionary and poetic images evoke nostalgia, enigma and myth. He was a source of inspiration for European artists in the 1920s and 1930s then fell from favour till he was resurrected by post-modern appropriation artists in the 1980s (for example Imants Tillers and Christopher le Brun).

oil on canvas
96.5 x 87.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., oil "G. de Chirico/... 1963". Signed and dated u.c. verso, ink ".../ Giorgio de Chirico/ ... 25 Dicembre 1963". Signed l.c., oil G. de Chirico".

Purchased 2006
Accession number
© Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Isabella de Chirico, Rome/Italy, inscription verso
Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris, Paris/France, exhibited in 'De Chirico: néo-baroque' 1985 and 'De Chirico et ses Consequences Post-Metaphysiques' 1993 at Artcurial Centre d'Art Plastique Contemporain, Paris
Private Collection, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Deutscher-Menzies 2006. 'Australian and International Fine Art, Melbourne and Sydney', 14 June 2006,