Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Son of Man, Interiors Painting Inspired by Magritte by k Madison Moore

The Son of Man Exhibit
Inspired by Rene Magritte


Painting with The Masters
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11 x 14 Interior Painting Inspired by Rene Magritte

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René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist best known for his witty
 and thought-provoking images and his use of simple graphics and
everyday objects, giving new meanings to familiar things. Before
finding success as an artist, Magritte was designed wallpaper and
advertisements. After a poorly received solo show in 1927, he
moved to Paris and became firmly lodged in the surrealist 

Three years before Magritte died; he painted one of the most
 unusual paintings of all, The Son of Man in 1964. It shows a
 man in a bowler hat and suit, but with a green apple in front of
his face. Is it supposed to relate to Adam eating the apple? Or is
 it just a man with an apple in his face? Or, like Magritte said,
is it unknowable?

This painting was great fun trying to fit all these guys into
an 11 x 14 space but I think it looks great. Just about every
element used was inspired by his paintings accept for the chair.
I couldn't resist to do a green apple ottoman. Love the 
Boot Feet on the steps. Where did he ever get that idea?
"The Son of Man"

Rene Magritte’s pieces are associated with Surrealism. This was a period in art where the paintings tried to confuse people by fusing reality with the imagination, forcing the viewer to contemplate the image. One of his paintings during this time, The Lovers, painted in 1928, depicts a couple kissing, with their heads enshrouded by grey bags. This was meant to be a play on the picture. The people really aren’t kissing; the painting is just showing them kissing. Another piece, painted one year later, Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe (The Treachery of Images), has the same ideals. It really isn’t a pipe; it’s just a picture of a pipe.

Magritte made a quote about his paintings, which he thought explained them all. “I paint visible images that conceal nothing; they evoke mystery, and indeed, when one sees my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question. ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.”

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