De Chirico is the poet of the city, but the city is very strange. It is quite obvious that the images of his urban landscapes have some personal significance for the artist, with persistent constancy of returning again and again to them. In the painting “Melancholy and the mystery of the street”, in 1914 we see the characteristic arcades of buildings leading the street to infinity.
Long sharp shadows create an alarming atmosphere. An unusual piece for the artist here is a human figure; twice unusual – that it is moving. Another oddity is an open empty trailer, reminiscent of a trap for a girl who runs towards the shadow cast by a giant statue.
The work “Red Tower”, demonstrates another obsessive image of de Chirico, gleaned from the subconscious – towers. Such paintings by de Chirico had a strong influence on the Surrealists, especially Dali.