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  René Magritte

Hammacher, Abraham-Marie
Language : EnglishLondon : Thames and Hudson, 1986127 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 31 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeMagritte, René (1898-1967) Magritte, René François GhislainRené Magritte (Wikipedia eu) | (Wikipedia es) | (Wikipedia en)
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The Enigmatic Paintings Of Rene Magritte (1898-1967) have assumed an increasingly influential and important place in twentieth-century art. By the 1960s, Magritte, already well known as one of the original Surrealists, had become an artist of international renown, beloved of the younger generation of Pop artists and widely imitated by graphic artist and illustrators. Meanwhile, his appeal to philosophers and critics has never ceased, and today a new generation of intellectuals reveres his art for the ideas it conveys. Almost every important development in arts and letters of the last two decades has been touched in some way by Magritte's art.
Using a meticulously realistic technique, and often depicting the most banal objects or situations, Magritte succeeded in alternately astounding, amusing, enchanting and puzzling the viewer with his totally unexpected juxtapositions and metamorphoses: a castletopped rock floating above the sea; a pair of boots transforming themselves into human feet; a rose or an apple claustrophobically filling an entire room; birds of stone winging lightly through space. One of his emblematic works is a simple rendering of a smoker's pipe with the legend, "This is not a pipe" -a device that creates a puzzle to be solved in the imagination of the viewer. A master of visual sleight of hand, he transformed commonplace objects into magical ciphers.
A.M. Hammacher, former director of the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands and an authority on twentieth-century art, examines Magritte's interest in language in relation to images and his literary influences, especially his fascination with the themes of Edgar Allan Poe. He describes Magritte's methods of working, and carefully elucidates forty works, reproduced in colour, seeking to introduce the reader to the artist's ideas and obsessions without depriving these pictorial riddles and haunting scenes of their mysterious qualities.

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