René Magritte

1898-1967

"An image is not to be confused with something tangible. Can you stuff my pipe? No, it is just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe’, I’d have been lying! The image of a slice of bread and jam slice is assuredly not edible" said the Belgian artist René Magritte, one of the best-known representatives of Surrealism, about his art.

His paintings have an inherent dreamy mysteriousness, although they mostly depict everyday objects. Magritte drew on a personal stock of recurring subjects such as the apple, the pipe, the bowler, the curtain, the dove and the blue sky with white clouds.

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