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René Magritte (1898-1967)

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René Magritte (1898-1967)

The discovery, in the mid-20's, of a work by De Chirico (Love Song, 1914) overwhelmed Belgian painter René Magritte, a former student at the Beaux-Arts of Brussels who already had been interested in Cubism and Futurism. His painting was meant to be academic, but the way he represented reality was truly astonishing.

Humor and absurdity characterized Magritte's Surrealist style. He liked to associate familiar and realistic objects, people and places with incongruous situations from which emanate strangeness and humor. For him, painting did not reflect reality.

His works were often ironic, as testifies his renowned painting The Treason of Images (1929), better known under the title This is Not a Pipe. To those who maintained that it was really and truly a pipe, Magritte would answer: "And yet, can you stuff my pipe?"

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