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Herk Van Tongeren admired the Surrealists, especially Giorgio de Chirico, and he studied the Surrealists' philosophical ideals. 'Teatro XI' consists of geometrical objects lying in a stage-like setting, and as a result Van Tongeren achieves a false sense of perspective with the placement and sizing of these objects. There is a kind of emotional detachment the artist conveys through the use of monochromatic geometric shapes. Yet, there is also a sense of idealism depicted within the works of art--one can imagine Van Tongeren as an architect sculpting his vision of a futuristic landscape.