Displays the startling and disturbing juxtapositions of the ordinary, the strange and the erotic that characterised his work.
The Assassin has turned his back upon those watching him, does not notice those about to apprehend him. He is observing musical sounds – functioning in another way, conducting himself with indifference towards the obvious threat posed by reality.
The Menaced Assassin – Mr Potato Man The Missing ear.
A back to front mermaid lying stranded upon the seashore – not with the tail of a fish and a woman’s upper body, as we normally encounter in fairytales and myths, but with the head of a fish and a human lower body.
A meticulous, skillful technician, he is noted for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition of ordinary objects or an unusual context that gives new meaning to familiar things. This juxtaposition is frequently termed magic realism, of which Magritte was the prime exponent.
This painting of a green apple floating in front of the face of a otherwise conventional man. Magritte said about the painting, “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden…”
Because of the title, one thinks it may be the apple that was handed to Adam by Eve that the man is being blinded by. Adam can’t see beyond the delicious apple, and we can’t see him. Magritte also painted a similar painting with an apple and called it The Great War. Here you’d think it was nature and many other things blinding the man from seeing.
The Lovers 1928 During the summer of 1928 Magritte painted a number of figures with the face and head covered by some kind of cloth. In this painted version of The Lovers, the couple stand cheek to cheek. He also made a large version where the lovers are kissing while covered in the same way. Magritte’s mother was unhappy during his childhood and attempted suicide a number of times. In 1912, when Magritte was 14 his mother left the house and drowned herself in the river. When her body was pulled from the river many days later her face was covered by her night dress. Young Magritte saw the corpse bare with the face wrapped and this image, disturbing and erotic was left in his memory. Magritte made many paintings about death by drowning and tragedy in water, as well as disturbing images of faces draped with a cloth.