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Uploaded by : Chris Vroom | 02/25/09

  • Title:
    Rene Magritte's The Human Condition
  • Artist:
    Rene Magritte
  • Year:
  • Description:
    In the "Human Condition," reality is pitted against its representation to see how well they match up. The painting of a landscape is placed before the window that opens up onto the landscape and the two appear to line up perfectly, except for the nagging suspicion that the so-called reality against which we measure the painted representation is nothing but a representation itself. What is the relationship between reality and image? Magritte makes us question whether the external world we take for reality is not merely an image itself. He messes with the system of things: his art points to an underlying disturbance rather than an underlying order (Mondrian). "Pictorial experience which puts the real world on trial . . ." He is the secret agent man, the sabateur who sabotages our sense of security about the reality of appearances and the appearance of reality. Oil on Canvas
  • Disciplines and Movements:
    20th-Century & Beyond, Surrealist Art and Painting
  • Themes and Tags:
    open-ended, surreal, mythic, witty, fantastic and sensual

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