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

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.


Sir Roland Penrose.

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