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A picture of a pipe is not really a pipe, and a daylight-filled sky can shine over a streetlamp-lit townhouse, and a painting of a window inside a painting of a sitting room can be the window in that sitting room, and a room-sized rock can gaze out of that room at the sea, and, of course, a man is a suit can have a green apple for a face. At least, that is, in the world of ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 2nd 2003 by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) (first published 1972)
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Magritte is easily my favorite surrealist and quite possibly my favorite painter hands down. I think that I see more of Magritte's influence in the films of David Lynch (think opening scene of Blue Velvet, several more subtle and sublime daylight scenes in Mulholland Drive, et al.) than I do of Lynch's stated main painterly influence Francis Bacon (who I'm a big fan of by the way).
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Magritte by Rene Magritte is a free NetGalley ebook published by my alma mater (yay) that I read in late August.

Surrealist not only in his paintings, this is a compilation of Magritte's letters, interpretations, speeches praising other artists, film scripts, and evocative essays that are off and on speckled with ink sketches and dialogue bubbles in careful "une pipe" cursive. Massive, studied, and witty, this is indeed the written work of someone who playfully referred to himself as a kind of 'd
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Probably only my own dislike of surrealism. I don't like the way people are portrayed, I find almost all the artist's works very detached from me as a person. It can be interesting only in an odd sort of way, and I suppose some people like that - the abnormality of it? Magritte doesn't evoke deep emotion, it's nothing I can look on for a long time, there's very little to discover (for me).
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René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images.

Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, a tailor, and Adeline, a milliner. He began lessons in drawing in 1910. In 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. Magritte
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