The Double Dream of Spring
|The Double Dream of Spring|
|Artist||Giorgio de Chirico|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||56.2 cm × 54.3 cm ( 22 1⁄8 in × 21 3⁄8 in)|
|Location||Museum of Modern Art, New York City|
The painting depicts apparently related but separate scenes. The scene on the left shows a statue of a man in a frock-coat from behind. The statue appears to be staring contemplatively into an open sky. The two scenes are separated in the middle by a wooden beam, perhaps part of an easel. Near the base of the beam is a blueprint drawing of an interior, in which large arches and a window open onto a landscape including the stick-like figures of two men meeting, and distant mountains. The scene on the right appears to be looking down on the same landscape from a slightly different angle. Above the landscape is the shape of the head of a tailor’s dummy.
Similar dummies appear many times in de Chirico’s work (cf. The Seer). This time the dummy’s head looms over the landscape like a hot air balloon.
The title was used by John Ashbery for his 1970 book of poems.
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