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Title: Rene Magritte and Norman Rockwell

  • Rene Magritte and Norman Rockwell

Rene Magritte (1898-1967)
  • It is a union that suggests the essential
    mystery of the world. Art for me is not an end in
    itself, but a means of evoking that mystery.
    René Magritte on putting seemingly unrelated
    objects together in juxtaposition

Rene Magritte, Belgium surrealist
  • Magritte's work
  • frequently displays a
  • collection of ordinary
  • objects in an unusual
  • context, giving new
  • meanings to familiar
  • things.

Rene Magritte, Belgium artist
  • The use of objects as other than what they seem
    is typified in his painting. The Treachery of
    Images (La trahison des images), which shows a
    pipe that looks as though it is a model for a
    tobacco store advertisement.

Rene Magritte
  • Magritte painted below the pipe "Ceci n'est pas
    une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"), which seems a
    contradiction, but is actually true the painting
    is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe.
  • One of various splashes appearing in the title
    screen of the video game Minecraft reads "Ceci
    n'est pas une title screen!".

Rene Magritte Witty
  • Magritte used the same
  • approach in a painting
  • of an apple he painted
  • the fruit and then used
  • an internal caption or
  • framing device to deny
  • that the item was an
  • apple.

Rene Magritte Surrealism
  • His work challenges observers' preconditioned
    perceptions of reality.

Rene Magritte
  • One night, I woke up in a room
  • in which a cage with a bird sleeping
  • in it had been placed. A magnificent
  • error caused me to see an egg in the
  • cage, instead of the vanished bird. I
  • then grasped a new and astonishing
  • poetic secret, for the shock which I
  • experienced had been provoked
  • precisely by the affinity of two objects
  • the cage and the egg -- to each other,
  • whereas previously this shock had been
  • caused by my bringing together two objects
  • that were unrelated.

Rene Magritte
  • Magritte is best known for his
  • realistic depictions of ordinary
  • things made surreal by context
  • or their relationship to each
  • other.
  • The Portrait
  • This painting depicts an almost photo-realistic
    table setting with a slice of ham in the center.
    The scene is made surreal by the presence of an
    eye staring back at the viewer from the center of
    the ham.

Norman Rockwell (1894 -1978)
  • His works enjoy a broad
  • popular appeal in the
  • United States for their
  • reflection of American
  • culture. Rockwell is most
  • famous for the cover
  • illustrations of everyday life
  • scenarios he created for
  • The Saturday Evening Post.
  • The Clock Mender
  • (was on the cover of the Post)

Norman Rockwell, American painter
  • For "vivid and affectionate portraits of our
    country," Rockwell received the Presidential
    Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's
    highest civilian honor, in 1977.

Norman Rockwell
  • Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing
    over 4,000 original works in his lifetime.
  • Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon

Norman Rockwell
  • This painting was
  • on the
  • cover of Popular
  • Science magazine in
  • 1920.

Norman Rockwells later years
  • He began receiving more
  • attention as a painter
  • when he chose more
  • serious subjects
  • such as racism. One
  • example of
  • this more serious work is The Problem We All Live
    With, which dealt with the issue of school
  • racial integration. The painting depicts a young
    girl, Ruby Bridges, flanked by white federal
    marshals, walking to school past a wall
  • defaced by racist graffiti.