Magritte

8 06 2015

I love Magritte. How could you not? He’s funny. And he’s Belgian. (I lived there for four years. My son was born there. My wife is Belgian. Outside of the weather, its a wonderful place on the planet.) Magritte has affected many artists. But it is his love by the public that is so interesting. No one asks if his work is art. They just smile.

Next to Dali his work may be the most recognizable art of any surrealist. It is his sense of humor and intelligence that has brought him this attention.





Magritte

19 02 2015

Its always fun to look at Magritte’s work again. One thing about Magritte is that everything is neat. Tidy. I wonder if that is because he is Belgian. The Belgians do like a good laugh, a real tongue in the cheek countraire.

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Magritte

1 02 2015

I love Magritte. How could you not? He’s funny. And he’s Belgian. (I lived there for four years. My son was born there. My wife is Belgian. Outside of the weather, its a wonderful place on the planet.) Magritte has affected many artists. But it is his love by the public that is so interesting. No one asks if his work is art. They just smile.

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Ben Goossens

4 12 2011

(Excuse me. I have fallen into a Kenneth Clark form of speaking. And I can’t get out of it.)

Goossens has three qualities that make for a terrific artist. He is a Belgian. He uses bowler hats. And he has talent. Oh, and there is a fourth. He has ideas. And their fun. Interesting. But not I think terribly original. Still, I love to look at his work. There is to my mind more Magritte in his work than Dali. He has none of Dali’s spirituality. Or showmanship. But he has Magritte’s humor and intelligence. And more than that I think.

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Magritte

13 03 2011

I love Magritte. How could you not? He’s funny. And he’s Belgian. (I lived there for four years. My son was born there. My wife is Belgian. Outside of the weather, its a wonderful place on the planet.) Magritte has affected many artists. But it is his love by the public that is so interesting. No one asks if his work is art. They just smile.

I created one piece with Magritte in mind.

This is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on Magritte.

Magritte’s work frequently displays a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The representational use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his painting, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe. It does not “satisfy emotionally”—when Magritte once was asked about this image, he replied that of course it was not a pipe, just try to fill it with tobacco.