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8 Giorgio de Chirico paintings + 3 Marcel Duchamp paintings (Updated 2008/01/08)

by Lord Darcy Posted 6th Jan 2008 at 6:17 AM - Updated 16th Jan 2011 at 6:42 AM by Lord Darcy
4 Comments / replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

2008-01-08: Somehow older package files with slightly pixelated textures got mixed up in the initial upload. I reuploaded fixed files. Just overwrite old files. File names were not changed. No need to reapply recolors in the game. Sorry for the confusion.


Giorgio de Chirico (July 10, 1888 – November 20, 1978) was an influential pre-Surrealist Greek-Italian painter. He is best known for the paintings he produced between 1909 and 1919, his metaphysical period, which are memorable for the haunted, brooding moods evoked by their images. (from Wikipedia)

De Chirico is one of my favourite painters. His works are hauntingly beautiful, blurring the line between reality and fantasy. But I've never seen Sim version of his work anywhere.
So I made 8 de Chirico paintings for my MoSMA (The Museum of Sim Modern Art) community lot. Plus I made 3 Marcel Duchamp paintings as a bonus. (I wish some talented mesher would make his "Fountain" sculpture. It'll be equally useful in museums and in men's restrooms...)

They are all Maxis recolors. NL and GLS required.

I did my best to keep ratios of paintings as close to the original as possible. Stretched/squashed-looking recolors are especially annoying in well-known paintings, as we are already familiar with the original ratio. Sometimes entirely wrong mesh was chosen in the first place. Other times the creator didn't bother to flip the texture, resulting in mirror-image. More often than not, the creator didn't realize that the texture must be deliberately squashed in order to look right in game.

Love Song (left) / Mystery and Melancholy of a Street (right) - Recolors of NL "Grilled Cheese" poster.

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street is my favourite de Chirico painting.

Le Rêve transformé - Recolor of NL "Cantankerous Splatters" painting.

The Soothsayer's Recompense (left) / Piazza (Souvenir d'Italie) (right) - Recolors of GLS "Abstrusionism" painting.

Nostalgia of the Infinite (left) / The Awakening of Ariadne (center) / The Great Tower (right) - Recolors of GLS "The Muse" painting.

Bonus: 3 paintings by Marcel Duchamp - see the attached thumbnail at the bottom of the post

Bride (left) / Nude Descending a Staircase (No.2) (right) - Recolors of base game "The Lady On Red" painting.

Chocolate Grinder No.2 (center) - Recolor of NL "Grilled Cheese" poster.

Additional Credits:

Numenor for CEP | Olga's Gallery - tons of HQ scans for famous art
justmoi for idea about naming convention of recolor files
Everyone who contributed to the development of SimPE

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 Nightlife + 1 SPs
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 1:28 PM
Awsome! I love surrealism. Many thanks for it.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 4:25 AM
Thank you! I love DeChirico.
#4 Old 26th Jan 2008 at 11:34 PM Last edited by Sophie-David : 26th Jan 2008 at 11:44 PM.
I was led here by your Squinge's Grilled Cheese replacement, a great improvement! I particularly like Mystery and Melancholy of a Street. Thank you!

Yes, it can be frustrating the lack of care that some folks take with their picture conversions. My pet peeve is that many do not notice that you cannot use the whole surface area of Olive Peynter's City Skyscape, because if you do then you run into a severe cropping problem. I made up a kit with intructions for the correct size and positioning here, but even when I mention that a significant portion of a poster's text is missing and could be corrected I am typically met with a stony silence!

I can't say I have ever had to do more than the most trivial amount of stretching or squashing. It is usually much better to use a dark fill to make up the difference in converting a painting to the nearest available and appropriate aspect ratio.
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 9th Jun 2008 at 10:58 PM
Thanks for these. Your display room is surprisingly beautiful in all its designs. (I also like the paintings).