The Essential René Magritte

The Essential René Magritte

Todd Alden

Language: English

Pages: 120

ISBN: 2:00286298

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Focusing on Rene Magritte, this is one of an illustrated series which provides accounts of the lives of individual artists, professional and personal anecdotes, and concise definitions of cultural and social movements that shaped their work. Magritte was a master of optical illusion whose influence on pop culture is evident in advertising, corporate logos, consumer products and design. The book examines his deceptive images of shrouded lovers kissing, trains roaring out of fireplaces, bowler-hatted men floating through the air, and pipes that might not be pipes.

For readers who are short on time, long on curiosity, and turned off by art-world jargon, Abrams presents a series of hip, entertaining books on artists and pop culture. A fascinating account of the artist's life and work. With concise sidebars on major players and cultural and social movements that shaped the artist's work; fresh anecdotes, both professional and personal & 66 Superb, full-color reproductions, including 54 plates in full color.

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your credit cards, and let's explore Magritte's secret passage into an enchanted domain. Who was Rene Magritte? Magritte was a deeply private man, and when he did speak about his past, he was often provocative, cryptic, and befuddling, artists, as in his art. Some such as Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Dali, lead "glamorous" lives that fill Magritte and pages of popular magazines; but others Edward Hopper (1882-1967) —such —connect with almost exclusively on the canvas. Its

echoes the ideas of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), whose writings on the connection between language and the thoughts underlying it paved the way to the linguistic theories of Structuralism in the 1970s. Change of scale: He size in relation to increases (or decreases) an object's (or subject's) its context. Example: occupies the space of virtually an entire Chamber (see A giant green apple room in The Listening page 104). 57 opposite Golconda 32 x 40"

—Magritte Attempting the Impossible One of the few childhood recollections that Magritte his memory of having come upon a painter one day at cemetery in Soignies, where he liked to play made his "discovery iron gates light One of painting." It wrote down the abandoned was here that Magritte afternoon, after lifting up the and entering the underground vaults, he returned to the of day to find a scene that amazed him. Magritte recalled seeing an out-of-town painter among the broken

and a collared shirt, smock adopted by splattered editor, Charlie Chaplin-lover, occasional anti-Fascist, infrequent traveler, classical music buff, and avid pulp mystery reader. But who is this man Ghislain Magritte is in the bowler hat, really? born on November 21, 1898 Rene-Francoisfa Scorpio!) in a white, one-story house in Lessines, Belgium, a homesite by a red-brick freight building. two being Raymond baptized into a Sound (c. now occupied eldest of three

habits we understand of seeing and the way Sound is objects and paintings. Byte: always hide other "Visible things " visible things. —Magritte The title, Where Euclid Walked, ematician Euclid (c. punning reference refers to the famous Alexandrian math- whom Magritte himself makes a 300 B.C.), to in the geometric mirroring of the tower's cone (a foreground "presence") and the perspectival cone of the road within the painting that vanishes into the horizon. Magritte values

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