“The movement pittura metafisica founded by Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carra, and F. de Pisis in 1917. Now seen as a bridge between certain forms of Romantic painting and Surrealism. Metaphysical painters created haunting images with dreamlike fusions of reality and unreality. The movement ended by 1920.
Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.