Thursday, March 10, 2011

René Magritte

(Sur)realism in the garden ... trees? hair?

“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.
René Magritte

René Magritte, La Robe du Soir, gouache, signed lower right.
Sold at Christie's London, 2011.

Magritte copied some paintings in gouache for commercial reasons. Through this means Magritte shattered the unique value of the work without for that losing the aura. The gouache allows the painting not to be seen as a conventional practice. It becomes a «poetic idea» condemned to be repeated, taken up again, transformed by the gouache. Magritte never ceased to play with freedom and irony.

"Magritte Tout En Papier Collages, Dessins, Gouaches"
by Draguet, Michel; Rene Magritte, 2006.

Magritte Museum, Brussels.
(click here)

photo: masterwatercolors


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