The Enigma of the Hour

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The Enigma of the Hour
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Artist Giorgio de Chirico
Year 1911
Medium Oil on canvas
Location private collection

The Enigma of the Hour (1911) is a painting by the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico. He created the work during his early period, when he focused on metaphysical depictions of town squares and other urban environments.

The Enigma depicts an urban scene with the classical architecture and angular lighting that are de Chirico's hallmarks. Several figures around the scene have vague features, to give the sense that they are absent. Above the scene is a large clock that reads six minutes to three.