Rene Magritte


René Magritte. Perspicacity. 1936. oil on canvas. Private collection.
. “Surrealism took two forms: improvised art and realistic techniques distancing themselves from conscious control like Joan Miro and Max Ernst, others like Dali and Magritte used scrupiously realistic techniques to present hallucinatory scenes that defy common sense” (AML p 149)
"Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte was a master not only of the obvious, but of the obscure as well. In his artwork, Magritte toyed with everyday objects, human habits and emotions, placing them in foreign contexts and questioning their familiar meanings. He suggested new interpretations of old things in his deceivingly simple paintings, making the commonplace profound and the rational irrational. He painted his canvasses in the same manner as he lived his life -- in strange modesty and under constant analysis...he was represented and recognized in all of the important Surrealism exhibitions of the 1930s. Moreover, as Surrealism gained more and more attention and esteem, Magritte's artwork also became more and more exposed and distinguished throughout the world. Thus, Magritte rode Surrealism's wave to success, but at the same he made a name for himself with his precise technique and unforgettable images."