Art on This Day
Belgian surrealist René Magritte died on this day in 1967. His paintings are recognized for their witty and strange scenes executed in a dead-pan style.
Magritte began his career in Brussels, where he also worked as a designer of wallpaper and fashion advertisement. Magritte moved to Paris in 1927 and befriended Andre Breton, author of the Surrealist Manifesto. There he became a prominent member in the surrealist movement alongside peers such as Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. In 1930 he returned to Brussels, where he spent the rest of his life.
“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing,” Magritte has said of his work. “They evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
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