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This early work of De Chirico shows a creature, half human half lay figure, in an empty landscape with a colossal building. De Chirico wished to depict a mysterious meaning behind objects. His disturbing paintings are full of menace and alienation.


Title Il trovatore
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 05
Dimensions (general) Height : 100 cm
Width : 65 cm
Depth : 7 cm
Makers Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
Accession number St 125
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1965
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1965
Age maker About 36 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Collectie - surrealisme (2017)
Een paraplu, een naaimachine en een ontleedtafel. Surrealisme à la Dalí in Rotterdam. (2013)
External exhibitions Power Mask. The Power of Masks (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Giorgio de Chirico

Vólos 1888 - Rome 1978