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The Poet and His Muse

Giorgio de Chirico, Italian (born Greece), 1888 - 1978

Made in Europe
Possibly made in France, Europe
Possibly made in Italy, Europe

c. 1925

Oil and tempera on canvas

35 7/8 x 29 inches (91.1 x 73.7 cm)

© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Though many of his paintings predate the start of Surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico had a profound impact on the movement. His starkly lit structures, desolate expanses, and inanimate figures are echoed throughout Surrealist landscape and portraiture. De Chirico’s uncanny merging of classical and modern imagery also helped define a new mode for evoking memory and fantasy in the visual arts. In this painting, created during the moment of the artist’s most direct involvement with Surrealism in Paris, mannequins represent a poet, seated, with his muse, whose toga falls back to reveal an interior of colorful blocks and tools.