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Magritte : the treachery of images / edited by Didier Ottinger.

By: Magritte, René, 1898-1967 [artist.].
Contributor(s): Ottinger, Didier [editor.] | Centre Georges Pompidou [host institution.] | Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt [host institution.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Munich ; London ; New York : Prestel Verlag, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Description: 201 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 3791355988; 9783791355986.Uniform titles: Magritte: la trahison des images. English Subject(s): Magritte, René, 1898-1967 -- Catalogs | Magritte, René, 1898-1967 -- Exhibitions | Surrealism -- Belgium -- ExhibitionsDDC classification: 700.411
Contents:
Philipp Demandt -- Ut pictura philosophia : portrait of Magritte as a philosopher / Didier Ottinger -- La Ligne de vie I (1938 lecture) / René Magritte -- Words, shadows, flames, curtains, fragments : Magritte and the founding myths of painting / Didier Ottinger -- From arbitrary signs to elective affinities : painting against the imaginary bounds of the imagination / Klaus Speidel -- Seeing is believing : René Magritte and the invention of art / Jan Blanc -- The painter-king / Barbara Cassin -- Magritte and his curtains / Victor I. Stoichita -- Beauty is a formal problem / Jacqueline Lichtenstein -- From the image-screen to the art of the problem / Michel Draguet.
Summary: "In this beautiful monograph, a collection of revelatory essays focuses on five common images in René Magritte's work-fire, shadows, curtains, words, and the fragmented body. Featuring vibrant reproductions of more than 100 works, this book helps readers understand how the artist employed these images in ways both deceptive and realistic. The book explores how he distorted accepted interpretations of classic symbols; why he so often used words as elements of his paintings; and how he applied aspects of the theater in his works. As Magritte's paintings have become subsumed by the very commercialism they sought to ridicule, this volume takes a fresh look at an artist whose familiarity masks an incredible gift for deception and rapier-like intellect"-- Book jacket.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This major new book on Rene Magritte offers fresh interpretations of the artist's use of symbols and imagery to articulate his particular brand of surrealism. In this beautiful monograph, a collection of revelatory essays focuses on five common images in Rene Magritte's work--fire, shadows, curtains, words, and the fragmented body. Featuring vibrant reproductions of more than 100 works, this book helps readers understand how the artist employed these images in ways both deceptive and realistic. The book explores how he distorted accepted interpretations of classic symbols; why he so often used words as elements of his paintings; and how he applied aspects of the theatre in his works. As Magritte's paintings have become subsumed by the very commercialism they sought to ridicule, this volume takes a fresh look at an artist whose familiarity masks an incredible gift for deception and rapier-like intellect. 162 colour images

This catalogue has been published to coincide with the exhibition "Magritte. La trahison des images/The Treachery of Images", Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, 21 September 2016 to 23 January 2017, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main, 10 February to 5 June 2017--Verso title page.

Includes bibliographical references.

Preface / Philipp Demandt -- Ut pictura philosophia : portrait of Magritte as a philosopher / Didier Ottinger -- La Ligne de vie I (1938 lecture) / René Magritte -- Words, shadows, flames, curtains, fragments : Magritte and the founding myths of painting / Didier Ottinger -- From arbitrary signs to elective affinities : painting against the imaginary bounds of the imagination / Klaus Speidel -- Seeing is believing : René Magritte and the invention of art / Jan Blanc -- The painter-king / Barbara Cassin -- Magritte and his curtains / Victor I. Stoichita -- Beauty is a formal problem / Jacqueline Lichtenstein -- From the image-screen to the art of the problem / Michel Draguet.

"In this beautiful monograph, a collection of revelatory essays focuses on five common images in René Magritte's work-fire, shadows, curtains, words, and the fragmented body. Featuring vibrant reproductions of more than 100 works, this book helps readers understand how the artist employed these images in ways both deceptive and realistic. The book explores how he distorted accepted interpretations of classic symbols; why he so often used words as elements of his paintings; and how he applied aspects of the theater in his works. As Magritte's paintings have become subsumed by the very commercialism they sought to ridicule, this volume takes a fresh look at an artist whose familiarity masks an incredible gift for deception and rapier-like intellect"-- Book jacket.

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This is a long-overdue reappraisal of Belgian surrealist René Magritte. Belgium declared 2017 the "year of Magritte," marking the 50th anniversary of the artist's death. The volume catalogues an exhibition at the Schirn Gallery (Frankfurt, Germany) that is the fruit of this memorial celebration. By focusing attention on the deliberation with which Magritte returned repeatedly to paint an established personal iconography, this book offers new contexts for understanding his iconic pipes, curtains, floating metal orbs, and bowler hats. The essays situate Magritte's juxtaposition of word and image within the intertwined philosophies of visual and verbal representation promoted by thinkers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Michel Foucault. Taken together, the nine essays reveal that Magritte understood his painting to be a vehicle for philosophical investigation. His chosen subjects and the deadpan realism with which he painted them connect his work with ancient tales about the origins of art while providing fodder for 20th-century philosophical inquiry. These essays are eminently readable but do not diminish the complexity of the philosophical (painted) questions Magritte's art raises. Magritte would have appreciated this catalogue's well-designed layout and beautiful reproductions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/ faculty. --James E. Housefield, University of California, Davis