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Magritte (25)by Marcel Paquet
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The great Belgian Surrealist: Magritte's paintings give a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous
It is impossible to overlook the influence of René Magritte (1898-1967) on contemporary art. His surrealistic painting turns the usual order of things ironically on its head, thus restoring mystery to a world that has lost its magic.
His work typically conveys a sense of the amazing, the surprising, and the ridiculous—but also the unsettling. Without a specific message, Magritte’s paintings nonetheless speak to us, creating a connection between opposites on an associative level. Thus a dinner roll can, with complete naturalness, fly past a barred dungeon opening.
In discussing his art, Magritte spoke of "inspired thoughts": he was indeed a painter-philosopher who thought in pictorial form and moved with seemingly playful lightness in the exalted atmosphere of his own imagination.
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Marcel Paquet was born in 1947 in Jumet, Belgium. In 1978 he obtained his doctorate from the Free University of Brussels with a thesis entitled La Différence des Penseés de Kant et de Hegel dans la question de l'essence de l'art. Dividing his time between Brussels and Paris, he has published a number of books on such subjects as Paul Delvaux, Fernando Botero, and Hans Bellmer.
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