The Uncertainty of the Poet by Giorgio de Chirico

The torso of a statue of a woman stands next to a very large bunch of bananas.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
106 x 94 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £1,067,141; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1986
Vendor:
Executors of Sir Roland Penrose

De Chirico called his pictures of this period 'metaphysical'. He creates a world that defies logical analysis by employing a scrupulously factual technique to describe a dislocated - and seemingly random - group of objects. The result possesses a revelatory power that makes de Chirico's works of 1912-15 among the greatest masterpieces of early twentieth-century painting.

Provenance

Sir Roland Penrose.

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