Magritte

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A sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous in Magritte's paintings
 

It is impossible to overlook the influence of René Magritte (1898-1967) on contemporary art. His surrealistic painting turns the usual order of things ironically on its head, thus restoring mystery to a world that has lost its magic.

His work typically conveys a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous - ...

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Overview

A sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous in Magritte's paintings
 

It is impossible to overlook the influence of René Magritte (1898-1967) on contemporary art. His surrealistic painting turns the usual order of things ironically on its head, thus restoring mystery to a world that has lost its magic.

His work typically conveys a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous - but also the unsettling. Without a specific message, Magritte's paintings nonetheless speak to us, creating a connection between opposites on an associative level. Thus a dinner roll can with complete naturalness fly past a barred dungeon opening.

In discussing his art, Magritte spoke of 'inspired thoughts': he was indeed a painter-philosopher who thought in pictorial form and moved with seemingly playful lightness in the exalted atmosphere of his own imagination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836531221
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Series: 25 Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 424,771
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcel Paquet was born in 1947 in Jumet, Belgium. After obtaining his doctorate in 1978 from the Free University of Brussels with a thesis entitled "La Différence des Penseés de Kant et de Hegel dans la question de l'essence de l'art", he began work on a monumental "Encyclopédie philosophique de la peinture contemporaine". Dividing his time between Brussels and Paris, he has published a number of books on such subjects as Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Botero, and Hans Bellmer.

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