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Alberto Savinio

Paolo Baldacci Gallery

Alberto Savinio (1891–1952) spent much of his life trying to dodge the shadow cast by his older brother Giorgio de Chirico. Just as the need to establish a separate identity pushed him to adopt another name, so it may have stimulated the distinct singularity of his work in a number of different media. Savinio’s first efforts were as a composer and writer. While his music is no longer played, his remarkable books—fiction, plays, essays—remain highly regarded in Italy, and several have been translated into English. Savinio’s first efforts as a painter, around 1926, show clear evidence of the influence of his already successful brother, but it should be remembered that their shared themes had all been developed as much through Savinio’s early literary and musical efforts as through de Chirico’s paintings. In this sense, the brothers truly were Dioscuri (twin stars), as they liked to call

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