Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rene Magritte: Homesickness

Rene Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist whose witty and thought-provoking paintings sought to have the viewers around him to question their perceptions of reality. In his paintings, he often played with the perception of an image and the fact that the painting of the image could never actually be the object. His goal was to have viewers question anything they thought they knew about art or reality.

The image above was very interesting because, the title is "homesickness," After the Nazis invaded his house, he had to leave his home, so he felt lost and hopeless. The yearning for home is one of the strongest human desires.  

The painting "Homesickness" features  Magritte as an angel leaning over a bridge contemplating the river, perhaps thinking of suicide. Magritte had the courage and honesty to paint himself, on the edge... on the brink of catastrophe. He was losing the two things he most valued in his life: his wife Georgette and his home. 


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