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René Magritte was born in 1898
21 November, 2016
Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was born a day like today, in 1898.
His work is famous for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. Magritte’s works are not only popular but also have a great intellectual appeal and continue to fascinate present-day viewers due to their enigmatic and mysterious nature.
Magritte was primarily a painter of ideas, an artist of visible thoughts rather than of subject matter. His anti-modernist objectivity, juxtaposed to the avant-garde, may not have enriched art history in terms of form, but did all the more so in terms of motif. In his almost anti-formalist oeuvre he dealt with the material world in a provocative and confusingly open manner.
All the objects he painted were clearly recognizable, belonging to the banal, everyday sphere. But when Magritte presented them according to his poetic logic, in an order that cast a completely different light on them and gave them an entirely new power, their meaning began to waver.
To know more about his works, we recommend to take a look at the major exhibition The Mistery of the ordinary hosted at MoMA in 2013, and also two other major exhibitions: the one hosted at the National Center of Tokyo and the one hosted at Albertina.