René Magritte


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René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold ... more »

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  • ''The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.''
    René Magritte (1898-1967), Belgian surrealist painter. Quoted in Suzi Gablik, Magritte, ch. 1 (1970).
  • ''The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.''
    René Magritte (1898-1967), Belgian surrealist painter. Quoted in Suzi Gablik, Magritte, ch. 5 (1970). "I don't want to belong to my own time, or f...
  • ''To be a surrealist ... means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.''
    René Magritte (1898-1967), Belgian surrealist painter. Time (New York, April 21, 1947). Quoted in Uwe M. Scheede's essay, "Sightless Vision," publishe...
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