became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. He died in 15 August 1967. Here are some of his artworks.
One of the most famous paintings by Rene Magritte. Here, the artists insinuates how human vision is limited, where mirror signifies a physical reflection, while the eye is the symbol of selective and subjective personal view. It is layered with meaning, as an eye can be looked by, looked through and looked in.
The Big Family
Call of Peaks
The Glass Key
Men falling from the sky are the same bowler hat man who appears in The Son of Man. This painting represents Magritte’s exploration of individuality set against the collective, and how it is easily lost. All the men wear the same clothes, appear the same and are falling in equal manner. But are they really all identical or not? This is the core issue which makes us think over this great piece.
Le Beau Monde
Frustration over desires appears frequently as the subject of Rene Magritte’s painting. A drapery prevents an intimate encounter between two people, transforming a love scene into a scene of dissatisfaction. The artists raises the question of how much do we really know other people, even the ones closest to us.
Iconography derives from his childhood trauma of witnessing his dead mother being dragged out of a river, with a veiled face.
Son of a Man
The iconic man of Rene Magritte. Who is he? Is it a self-portrait? Maybe, and maybe it is every working, average man. His face is covered with an apple, blocking his vision, which the artist explains with words: “It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”