Rene Magritte

The Madness of War Inspires Some to Flee, Some to Fight, and Some to Escape into a Surreal Dream

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"The German occupation of Belgium marked a turning point in Magritte's artwork. During this time, Magritte experimented with Impressionist techniques, though he used bright colors in contrast to the dreary milieu of the time. Truly believing that art could change the world, Magritte in the 1940s showcased nude women painted in flamboyant colors and with swirling brushstrokes. However, these paintings were not well received, and Magritte soon dropped the style." http://www.brain-juice.com/cgi-bin/show_bio.cgi?p_id=22

The grim reality of the violence of WWI and WWII caused many artist to experiment with alternate realities within their work.