Saturday, November 21, 2020

Magritte. Painter of the mysterious

"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist." 

November 21, 1898. René François Ghislain Magritte ( 21 November 1898 - 15 August 1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop art, minimalist art and conceptual art. In this image: Surrealist portrait of patron Edward James Le Principe du Plaisir (Pleasure Principle). Courtesy Sotheby's.

Magritte reimagined painting as a critical tool that could challenge perception and engage the viewer’s mind. His was a method of severing objects from their names, revealing language to be an artifice—full of traps and uncertainties. Introduction by Natalie Dupêcher, independent scholar, 2017

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I knew the name of Magritte, but wasn't sure about what type of art he created. This is NOT my preferred artistic style, but. . . there's something about these images that get me. I especially like the images where the faces are obscured one way or another. Very interesting perspective.