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Day 30: René Magritte

By Sam Reeve

René Magritte, born in Belgium in 1898, is someone I fell in love with instantly. One of his most iconic paintings, called The Treachery of Images (pictured below), is a good example of how he toyed with reality and how we perceive it. It reads in French “This is not a pipe.”

When he was young, René’s mother killed herself by jumping in a river. According to legend, whe she was pulled out her dress was covering her face, which could explain why he so often painted people whose faces were obscured. He died of cancer in 1967.

2 responses

  1. Ah… Rene, my favourite artist…

    January 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

  2. Pingback: Month of Weird Art: Artist Roundup « Bizarro Central

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