Painters Paintings Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978): La cohorte invincible, 1928, oil on canvas, 13…
Painters Work Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978): La cohorte invincible, 1928, oil on canvas, 131 x 89 cm (51 half x 35 in.), Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal . . .
Executed in 1928, the 12 months that marked the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico’s remaining break with the Surrealist motion and the start of an extended feud with its dictatorial chief André Breton, La cohorte invincible is a very spectacular instance of de Chirico’s steady remodeling and exploitation of classical motifs.
The work shows the ‘melancholic’ and the ‘theatrical’ classicism of de Chirico’s new fashion by the illustration of a myriad of classical pictures and objects intermingled inside a compacted group of gladiators. On the forefront of the image, the foremost gladiator holds a Roman legionary’s defend and at his ft lies that archetypal image of morality and antiquity – a damaged column. The compactness of the figures and their vintage attributes echo within the method of their development de Chirico’s earlier metaphysical constructions. Collectively these pictures kind a stress and a sculptural unity that implies the formidable united energy of a Roman cohort however in a considerably absurd, if to not say, comedian manner.
Set in an inside harking back to a stage-set, the figures of this complicated sculptural mass of classicism, masculinity and armed energy betray a Baroque exuberance and theatricality that conveys a pervasive sense of artifice.