The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher of Laguna Woods, California:
de Chirico was born in 1888 in Volos, capital of the Greek province of
Thessaly. His parents were Italian, his mother a former operetta
singer and his father a civil engineer who designed railroads in the
province of Thessaly. When his father died in 1905, his mother
took him and his brother to Munich where he studied at the Academy of
Fine Arts, where he became devoted to Nietzsche and art which disdained
the real world for fantasy and dreams. He was influenced by Max
Klinger and especially the Swiss-German painter Arnold Bocklin.
In 1909 de Chirico moved to Florence and in 1911 to
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