Vilnius, as painted by de Chirico: a play in two acts

Act 1

Scene: late September: HOB and WOB walk into the main square of Vilnius, Lithuania.

vilnius

WOB: Vilnius looks like a de Chirico painting.

HOB: Wait, remind me who de Chirico is?  Oh, yeah, I think I remember.  Is he the one with the steep perspective and shadows and the girl with the hoop?

Misterio_e_malinconia_di_una_strada

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street by Giorgio de Chirico. Oil on canvas, 1914

WOB: Yes, that guy.  But not just that painting.  A lot of his stuff looks like Vilnius.

pillarstower

HOB: I don’t know any of his other paintings.

arcades

WOB: (after a few minutes have elapsed) OMG it looks just like a de Chirico!

HOB: (exasperated) I told  you already, I don’t know his other work.  Why don’t we look it up later?

End scene.

redtower

The_Red_Tower

The Red Tower by Giorgio de Chirico. Oil on canvas, 1913

statue

Act 2

Scene: a one bedroom apartment in Chicago in mid November.  HOB is making pizza dough and WOB is surfing the internet while cuddling an elderly cat.

WOB: Hey HOB, come over here and look at this.  (She pulls up google images on her screen).

The_Disquieting_Muses

The Disquieting Muses by Giorgio de Chirico. Oil on canvas, 1947

HOB: What are those?

WOB: de Chirico paintings.

HOB: Wow! They look just like Vilnius.

WOB: (Yells, wakes up cat) WHAT I WAS SAYING.

End scene.

hotairballon

king

The Evil Genius of a King by Giorgio de Chirico. Oil on canvas, 1914-15

egg

(Playwright’s note: all de Chirico images courtesy of Wikipedia).

 

 

How we got to Vilnus: train from Siauliai to Vilnius.
Where we slept: Sofijos Studio Old Town Apartment.  Price: €45 for a double. Recommended: yes.

 

7 comments

  1. Why didn’t de Chirico paint hot air balloons? They would look so much like pictures of Vilnius.

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    1. Not sure if there were any hot air balloons around in Italy in the early 20th century but I think he was anticipating them with all his balloon-like shapes.

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    1. That satisfaction of reading an entire play in under 5 minutes….

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  2. That play is so … Beckett-like.

    Oh, hang on, this is where we came in.

    🙂

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    1. Of course if this was really a Beckett play HOB and I would be having our conversation buried up to our necks in sand or something. 🙂

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  3. 😀 No doubt the stage set design would be inspired by a de Chirico painting if sand was involved.

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