About this title:
The great Belgian Surrealist: Magritte's paintings give a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous 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. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Le sens du stupéfiant, de l’incroyable et du ridicule dans les tableaux de Magritte
About the Author:
Marcel Paquet was born in 1947 in Jumet, Belgium. After obtaining his doctorate in 1978 from the Free University of Brussels with a thesis entitled "La Difference des Pensees de Kant et de Hegel dans la question de l'essence de l'art," he began work on a monumental "Encyclopedie philosophique de la peinture contemporaine." Dividing his time between Brussels and Paris, he has published a number of books on such subjects as Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Botero, and Hans Bellmer.
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