“If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is
also a translation of the dream.”
Rene Magritte (1897-1967) is my favorite of the artists who are placed in the category of Surrealists.
I admire how much he uses absurdity and humor in so many of these paintings presented here. Also the way he plays with space and imagery (like the huge rocks that appear in many of his most famous works) and the bizarre men and women who inhabit his netherworld of fantasy--a world that gives us arresting insight into our own way of seeing the world around us. A painting of a pipe that tells us, in cursive writing below, "This is not a pipe." Or a view out a living room window that is blocked by a painting of the identical landscape you'd expect to see outside.
Nature can be duplicated and its still great art (potentially) , but Magritte wants to remind us of our perceptions and the power of understanding (and not understanding) how our brains process the life around us.
This separates his work, and the work of so many other great 20th Century painters, from the old task of the painter's art to duplicate nature and its creatures and humans in the exact detail of visual simplicity.
There is a bit of an impishness to his work, but also a touch of the macabre.
The music here is Nina Simone's classic "Sinnerman".