3 April 2010

de Chirico & Penn

how is it possible that every single image in the Irving Penn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery was amazing? that rarely happens for me, but there was not one photograph in any decade that I didn't love for some reason or another.

This was the very first image in the show...and the quote from Penn above it made me want to clap my hands together with glee, it seems we both feel the same way about 'ol Giorgio then;

"Just arrived in Rome, a figure I saw coming down the Spanish Steps 
was de Chirico...I rushed up and embraced him. He must have 
thought me crazy. To me he was the heroic de Chirico; 
to him I was a total stranger, probably demented" Rome 1944


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