Part of the Taschen Basic Art Series series
The great Belgian Surrealist. A sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous in Magritte's paintings.
It is impossible to overlook the influence of Rene Magritte (1898-1967) on contemporary art.
His surrealistic painting turns the usual order of things ironically on its head, thus restoring mystery to a world that has lost its magic.
His work typically conveys a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous - but also the unsettling.
Without a specific message, Magritte's paintings nonetheless speak to us, creating a connection between opposites on an associative level.
Thus a dinner roll can with complete naturalness fly past a barred dungeon opening.
In discussing his art, Magritte spoke of 'inspired thoughts': he was indeed a painter-philosopher who thought in pictorial form and moved with seemingly playful lightness in the exalted atmosphere of his own imagination.
Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and, a concise biography.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 15/05/2012
- Category: Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada
- ISBN: 9783836531221