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Magritte (World of Art) Paperback – May, 1985

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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500201994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500201992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ideal introductions for students and museum-goers.' (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Calvocoressi has been director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art since 1987. In May 2007 he will move to head up the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
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This book illustrates the reader through Magritte's life while giving background to the works. I read this book for fun and subsequently decided to study Magritte in school. It discusses surrealism as a whole as well as the historical context of Magritte's work. This book got me hooked on Magritte!!
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"We are surrounded by curtains. We only perceive the world behind a curtain of semblance. At the same time, an object needs to be covered in order to be recognized at all." -- Rene Magritte

I had the pleasure of seeing Magritte on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2006. The exhibit was entitled, "The Treachery of Images," and it toyed with many of Magritte's most famous surrealist images. Further intrigued, it was Suzi Gablik's book that I subsequently picked up. As Suzi Gablik explains in her Preface, she met Magritte and his wife in 1959 and that visit resulted in an eight month stay and what would become this monograph (book). Included are excellent essays on Pop and Surrealism, The Human Condition and The Use of Words, not to mention the myriad illustrations. She lifts this curtain in concise and detailed accuracy.

In life, Magritte maintained an inconspicuous presence unlike the vainglorious and flamboyant Salvador Dali whose personality was as famous as his paintings.

The Magritte paintings I find of particular interest are the paintings within paintings: "Evening Falls" and "Le Seducteur" (The Seducer) are two of my personal favorites because of his brilliant blend of inside and outside mental phenomena. He teaches us a new way to see and interpret the mysterious world around us. His influence can even be seen in pop culture, take for instance, Jeff Beck's Beck-Ola (Exp) or the scene with Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexicothat harkens back to Magritte's "The Magician" in my opinion.

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