From men in bowler hats, floating in the sky, to a painting of a pipe above the caption "this is not a pipe", René Magritte (1898–1967) created an echo chamber of object and image, name and thing, reality and representation.
Like other Surrealist works, Magritte’s paintings combine a precise, mimetic techniquewith abnormal, alienating configurations
which defy the laws of scale, logic, and science: a comb the size of a
wardrobe, rocks that float in the sky, clouds that drift through an open
door. The result is a direct yet disorientating realm, often witty,
often unsettling, and always prompting us to look beyond the visible, to
“what is hidden by what we see.”
This introductory book explores Magritte's vast repertoire of visual humor, paradox, and surprise which to this day makes us look and look again, not only at the painting, but at our sense of self and the world.
Marcel Paquet(1947–2014) obtained his doctorate in 1978 from the Free University of Brussels with a thesis entitled La différence des penseés de Kant et de Hegel dans la question de l’essence de l’art. He published a number of books on such subjects as Paul Delvaux, Fernando Botero, and Hans Bellmer.