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4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  366 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The illustrations in this work constitute a comprehensive catalogue of the visible thought of the artist. Taking the form of the body in painting or of the relations between image and word, this book presents the poetic enigmas of the Belgian surrealist.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 1994 by Taschen (first published 1992)
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Darya Conmigo
Apr 26, 2015 Darya Conmigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A concise yet well written intro to Magritte's art. It's not a biography: some details and a few anecdotes inevitably come up but do not expect a full account of his life. It's more of a collection of short essays on what makes Magritte one of the most interesting artists, both among fellow surrealists and in general. Paquet's writing is clever and beautiful:

"Neither the lion nor the man with folded wings have any business being on this bridge. They embody the melancholy of those who know that r
Ben Kotyuk
Apr 12, 2015 Ben Kotyuk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artists
I remember seeing an exhibit of Magritte's art at a museum when I was in High School. I fell in love with the whole idea of surrealism. Interesting, there was nothing posted about each painting other than the name and date. Later I purchased this book and when I looked at each painting I remembered how I reacted to it at the museum. When I started to read the accompanying text I was horrified. The artist through his art is trying to make a statement directly to the viewer so how can someone else ...more
Interesting. Critics, semioticians and other specialists have often developed a whole high-flown abstract discourse about Magritte. There is some of that in this booklet, but two points emerge rather clearly : 1) not only is the picture not the thing (this holds for the pipe) but moreover a picture is not always the representation of something in the outside world; it may create a universe of its own; but 2) Magritte may not have sought to encode a complex image /reality / meaning / mind relatio ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Marcel Parquet's text is nothing particularly interesting, this volume from Taschen's Basic Art Series continues the tradition of high-quality reproductions of great art in a very affordable paperback book. No great read, but Magritte's images alone make for a worthwhile journey.
Phoebe Macdonald
Mar 23, 2014 Phoebe Macdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to write on Magritte, bloody hard. But paquet did a great job considering, and provided a nice,though limited amount of studies for each that I hadn't seen before.
Dec 27, 2008 Marilena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvellous album about Rene Magritte. Images of his works are accompanied by details of his life and by serious interpretations of his works.
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