Belgian painter whose surreal works, such as _Steps of Summer_ (1938), depict ordinary objects in unexpected or implausible situations.
Magritte, René François Ghislain
Magritte, René François
Ghislain (1898-1967), Belgian surrealist painter, prime exponet of the
style of painting known as magic
realism. Born in Lessines, Magritte had already begun to paint in his own
distinct style by the time of his first solo exhibition in 1927. He is
noted for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition of ordinary
objects or an unusual context that gives new meaning to familiar things.
My painting is visible images which
conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of
my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question "What does that mean"? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable."
Oil on canvas, 1938; 147 x 98.7 cm
Joseph Winterbotham Collection, 1970.426
81x65 cm oil