Inspired by Magritte

Lakeside - 1, Chen Yidan

Lakeside - 1

Chen Yidan

Photography - 27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Untitled, Garcia De Marina


Garcia De Marina

Photography - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Theatre, Galya Popova


Galya Popova

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Rejeter  les idées noires, Charlotte Pivard

Rejeter les idées noires

Charlotte Pivard

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Skyward, Brooke Shaden


Brooke Shaden

Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Murmuration, Galya Popova


Galya Popova

Painting - 23.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


L'inspiration, Charlotte Pivard


Charlotte Pivard

Painting - 19.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Soleil cou coupé III, Corneille

Soleil cou coupé III


Print - 31.9 x 24 inch


Epouvantail cosmonaute, Baptiste Laurent

Epouvantail cosmonaute

Baptiste Laurent

Painting - 49.2 x 47.2 inch


L'homme invisible pop, Miko-R

L'homme invisible pop


Painting - 59.1 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Khasmin, Yoann Merienne


Yoann Merienne

Painting - 21.7 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch


La jeune fille à la perle, Samsofy

La jeune fille à la perle


Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch


Forest, Gediminas Endriekus


Gediminas Endriekus

Sculpture - 10.4 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch


Square, Sergey Bondarev


Sergey Bondarev

Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Le main de Maguerite, Xu WeiHua

Le main de Maguerite

Xu WeiHua

Painting - 19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Vitamine C, Enrique Etievan

Vitamine C

Enrique Etievan

Painting - 39.4 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Porc Poma, Jordi Sàbat

Porc Poma

Jordi Sàbat

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 inch


El mar rosa de les salines de Galerazamba, Jordi Sàbat

El mar rosa de les salines de Galerazamba

Jordi Sàbat

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 inch


Angst, Ciprian Mihailescu


Ciprian Mihailescu

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Lightheaded, Ben Goossens (BEL)


Ben Goossens (BEL)

Photography - 16 x 20 inch


Samghebro, George Abramidze


George Abramidze

Painting - 38 x 27 x 2 inch


Two trees, Rafal Olbinski

Two trees

Rafal Olbinski

Print - 9.4 x 7.1 inch


Homecoming, Dariusz Klimczak


Dariusz Klimczak

Photography - 16 x 18 inch


Marches, Hoel Gwern


Hoel Gwern

Painting - 21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch


Chasing a Safe Place, Frank P54

Chasing a Safe Place

Frank P54

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


And nothing's gonna cut me down, Theodor Grigoras

And nothing's gonna cut me down

Theodor Grigoras

Painting - 47.2 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch


Mandala Criterion, Jarmila Kostliva

Mandala Criterion

Jarmila Kostliva

Painting - 36.2 x 36.2 x 1.6 inch


The Poet King, Julio Larraz

The Poet King

Julio Larraz

Print - 27.6 x 27.6 inch


Parc du peuple, Xu WeiHua

Parc du peuple

Xu WeiHua

Painting - 39.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Fruits of the world, Zbigniew Wozniak

Fruits of the world

Zbigniew Wozniak

Painting - 13 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Trou blanc, Aldéhy

Trou blanc


Painting - 7.5 x 7.5 x 2 inch


Untitled (bubble), Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (bubble)

Jim Kazanjian

Photography - 11 x 11 inch


N°1617, Georges Saulterre


Georges Saulterre

Fine Art Drawings - 29.9 x 22 inch


Capriccio, Zdravko Derek


Zdravko Derek

Painting - 23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


The Watchers, Laurence Winram

The Watchers

Laurence Winram

Photography - 23.4 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch


The Conemen Dragons, Laurence Winram

The Conemen Dragons

Laurence Winram

Photography - 23.4 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch


Cenizas-6, Jorge Camacho


Jorge Camacho

Print - 29.9 x 22 inch


Melon Bi- Polar, Jarmila Kostliva

Melon Bi- Polar

Jarmila Kostliva

Photography - 28.3 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch


N°722 The mask, Georges Saulterre

N°722 The mask

Georges Saulterre

Sculpture - 25.6 x 13.4 x 12.6 inch


Illumination in the dark - surreal photography, Gabriel Isak

Illumination in the dark - surreal photography

Gabriel Isak

Photography - 40 x 40 inch


Dresses, Dasha Pears


Dasha Pears

Photography - 27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Oeuf-coq, Maïté Martinez


Maïté Martinez

Sculpture - 10.2 x 4.7 x 6.3 inch


Grande marée, Beline Loeb

Grande marée

Beline Loeb

Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch


Stand Bye, Alexander Benz

Stand Bye

Alexander Benz

Photography - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Pâques surréaliste, Ole Ahlberg

Pâques surréaliste

Ole Ahlberg

Print - 22.4 x 18.9 inch


Cité, Sylvie Cappe


Sylvie Cappe

Painting - 45.3 x 29.5 x 0.6 inch


Risk, Brooke Shaden


Brooke Shaden

Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Trêve de la nuit, Aldéhy

Trêve de la nuit


Painting - 26.8 x 17.7 x 2 inch


Pizza Magritte, Laurina Paperina

Pizza Magritte

Laurina Paperina

Fine Art Drawings - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Something Better Exists, Frank P54

Something Better Exists

Frank P54

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Calm after the rain, Galia Chuntova

Calm after the rain

Galia Chuntova

Painting - 31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Overture, Mijan Jumalon


Mijan Jumalon

Painting - 24 x 30 inch


Hometown, Mijan Jumalon


Mijan Jumalon

Painting - 36 x 48 inch


Les pensées d'une femme, Terzo Yan

Les pensées d'une femme

Terzo Yan

Sculpture - 31.5 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch


Magritte II, Marisol Escobar

Magritte II

Marisol Escobar

Sculpture - 67.5 x 41.4 x 32.5 inch


Merci Magritte, Pierre Lamblin

Merci Magritte

Pierre Lamblin

Painting - 38.2 x 33.1 x 2 inch


Memories from Hampton, Rafal Olbinski

Memories from Hampton

Rafal Olbinski

Print - 9.1 x 6.7 inch


Rêve sur toile, Christophe Vilar

Rêve sur toile

Christophe Vilar

Painting - 46.1 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Trésor protégé accessible, Christophe Vilar

Trésor protégé accessible

Christophe Vilar

Painting - 46.1 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Inspired by Magritte

Half a century after his death, the Magritte's surrealist paintings remain unmissable and iconic traces of the art movement they belonged to. His humorous and mysterious œuvre hid a discreet man, who preferred hiding behind his suit, pipe, hat and mirror.

Born in 1898, Magritte is one of the pioneers of the surrealist movement. Dive into the life and work of this artist, widely recognized as the most influential Belgian painter of the 20th century. Magritte grew interested in the conception of art in the broader sense, moving away from realism. His encounter with the Italian painter De Chirico was extremely influential. As a self-taught artist, he forged his understanding of art and painting through literature and poetry, learning from the writers and philosophers of his milieu.

His surrealist paintings sought to reflect his ideas and thoughts. Magritte was interested in the impact a painter could have on an object. For him, painting wasn't supposed to be a mere representation of the real, but rather an image of the artist's thoughts projected onto the object. 

“The art of painting must exceed the idea of simply displaying a resemblance with the surrounding world." Magritte favored representing mental images and creating artworks that would deconstruct the real and disturb the viewer. His surrealist paintings are never a mirror of reality: they're the mirror of his own imagined reality. From this idea, Magritte created the concept of word-image paintings in 1928. The idea was named The Treachery of images, where words would replace images (such as the famous "This is not a pipe").

Did you know that Magritte used to paint in his dining room? Partly because he lacked a separate studio, but also because he enjoyed painting in places pertaining to life, that weren't disconnected from reality. The same reality from which his surrealistic artworks tried to escape. Magritte enjoyed strolling in museums where his own artworks were exhibited, and talking to museum guards. For a long time, many ignored that this calm and easy-going stranger beside them was indeed the famous painter.

The surrealist artist embraced a broad aesthetic spectrum, from cubist and futurist influences, flirting with abstraction. He was also an advertisement illustrator, which can explain his disillusionment with images and how they're conceived. Finally, his “Vache period" which preceded his exhibition in Paris in 1948 provoked quite a scandal. Always after the unexpected, he decided to produce all of his paintings in a very provocative and crude style. The public was not very fond of Magritte's prank. The painter didn't sell a single painting and barely had the means to bring his canvases back to Belgium.

Magritte made surrealism what it is today, still influencing the works of surrealist painters and photographers alike. His patterns continue to resurface today, and are known across many generations. He died on the 15th of August 1967 in Schaerbeek in Belgium.  

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