Melancholy and Mystery of a Street
From: GIORGIO DE CHIRICO
This painting was the precursor to the surrealist movement. As a surrealist painting it evokes odd scenes that one might encounter in a dream, a particular subject that surrealists loved to portray in their various artworks. Surrealism was a cultural movement best known for its aim of painting unnerving illogical scenes with strange subject matter. The artwork of the movement often confused viewers and made them feel uncomfortable. This artwork portrays a abstract girl playing with a hoop in a deserted street with many foreboding elements that draw emotional reaction. These elements include the use of light, the shadows of people emerging from a building, and a dark space inside a wagon.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen because of its representation of the surrealism movement and common elements that it uses along with the other surralist artworks. This artwork is also important as it shows a interest in psychoanalysis an important rising subject in this time.