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    Sale 1902

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 141

    Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)


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    Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)
    signed 'G. de Chirico' (lower right)
    gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper
    9 3/8 x 12½ in. (23.8 x 31.8 cm.)
    Executed circa 1931

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    In 1931 Giorgio de Chirico created the stage sets and costume designs for the ballet Bacchus et Ariane. The music was composed by Albert Roussel, it was choreographed by Serge Lifar (who also danced the title role of Bacchus), and it was given a lavish production at the Paris Opéra. The present work is a study for one of de Chirico's stage sets for this ballet.


    Gypsy Rose Lee, Beverly Hills.
    Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 24 November 1978, lot 90.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Saleroom Notice

    The Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico has confirmed the authenticity of this work and have registered it in the Fondazione Archives under the number 0036/09/07 OT.

    Please note the correct title of this work is Semele colpita dal fulmine di Giove and the correct medium is tempera on paper.

    Pre-Lot Text



    M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, De Chirico, Gli anni Trenta, Milan, 1995, p. 286, no. 14 (illustrated).