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Le Rêve Mystérieux [The Mysterious Dream] About 1913-1914

Not on display

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.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


An illustration at the front of a book, usually opposite the title page.

Composition, Frontispiece


  • Acc. No. GMA 3949
  • Medium Pen and ink on paper
  • Size 20.90 x 13.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995