7 November 2007
Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978)
signed, inscribed, and dedicated 'G. de Chirico, pictor optimus, a Merle e Bruno Pagliai' (lower left)
oil on masonite
27½ x 20 1/8 in. (70 x 51.1 cm.)
Painted in 1950
Merle and Bruno Pagliai, Mexico City (gift from the artist).
John M. Pagliai, Mexico City (by descent from the above).
Galleria R. Rotta, Genoa.
Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 6 November 1981, lot 351.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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I. Far, Giorgio de Chirico, Rome, 1953, pl. 14 (illustrated).
C. Bruni Sakraischik, Catalogo Generale Giorgio de Chirico, opere dal 1931 al 1950, Venice, 1972, vol. IV, no. 342 (illustrated).
Bruno Pagliai was an Italian businessman married to the actress Merle Oberon. He lived in Mexico City when he acquired this self-portrait as well as many other paintings by de Chirico, who became a close friend of the couple.
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