Giorgio de Chirico

Le Rêve Mystérieux [The Mysterious Dream]

About this artwork

Gabrielle Keiller acquired this drawing along with a book by Henri Pastoureau in which a reproduction of the drawing serves as the frontispiece. Despite being undated, it can be ascribed with confidence to 1913-4, on analogy with other similar drawings the artist made in Paris before the First World War. Although de Chirico’s drawings relate closely to his contemporary paintings, they were independent compositions rather than preparatory sketches. And, unlike his paintings, they are quite casual in their execution and often, as here, strike a gently humorous note.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Le Rêve Mystérieux [The Mysterious Dream]
  • date created:
    About 1913-1914
  • materials:
    Pen and ink on paper
  • measurements:
    20.90 x 13.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3949
  • gallery:
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Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico