Belgian surrealist painter Rene-François Ghislain Magritte, who lived between 1898 and 1967, was known for often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context and characterizing them with specific symbols.
After attending the Brussels School of Fine Arts in 1916, Magritte began painting in the surrealist style in the 1920s and is known for his use of humorous imagery, simple graphics and everyday objects, adding new meaning to familiar things. Magritte challenged the assumptions of human perception by placing familiar, mundane objects such as bowler hats, pipes, and rocks in unconventional contexts and juxtaposition.
Magritte moved to Paris in 1927 and formed strong ties with Andre Breton's Parisian Surrealists, which then included artists such as Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. He began adding more obscure organic forms to his work and experimenting with essentially Surrealist subjects such as madness and hysteria. However, Magritte was increasingly disillusioned by the "dark" subjects of his surrealist friends. Perhaps most importantly, it was in Paris that Magritte began experimenting with the use of words and language in his paintings.
Rene Magritte Style
Magritte returned to Brussels in 1930 to once again work in commercial advertising. In the late 1930s, the growing interest of international Collectors, including Edward James in London, led to Magritte's economic independence, and he eventually gave up trading business almost entirely. However, the onset of World War II would soon change the course of his life and art. His decision to stay in Belgium after the Nazi occupation caused a split between him and André Breton, and the pain and violence caused by the war often distracted him from the dark and chaotic mood of surrealism. "Against the pervasive pessimism," he said, "I now propose the pursuit of joy and pleasure." Works from this period, such as The Return of the Flame and The Clearing, illustrate this shift with their brighter palettes and more impressionistic techniques. After the war, Magritte completed Breton's break with surrealism when he and several other artists signed a manifesto entitled "Surrealism in Full Sunlight."
With the advent of the 1950s, Magritte enjoyed international attention as he continued his work and continued to produce his works. In 1951, he was commissioned to paint a series of murals for the casino in Knocke-le-Zoute, a town on the Belgian coast. Traveling to New York for a retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, Magritte also made a series of short films with his wife, Georgette, and experimented with sculpture during this time.
Magritte enjoyed representing the paradoxical nature of reality in his Paintings and making the viewer question what "reality" really was. Instead of depicting fantastical creatures in fictional landscapes, he portrayed ordinary objects and people in realistic settings.
René Magritte Important Works, Paintings
Died at the age of 69, Magritte; He wrote The Swimmer (1925), Familiar Objects (1928), The Betrayal of Images (1929), The Key to Dreams (1930), The Ocean (1933), Time Limited (1938), Pebbles (1948), Empire of Lights (1954) and many more.
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