A Formal Analysis of Rene Magritte's Painting, The Human Condition

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I. Formal Analysis
The Human Condition was painted by Rene Magritte in 1935. The medium used is that of oil on canvas. The size of the painting is one meter by eighty-one centimeters. When I look at The Human Condition I feel as if I am actually standing there in the room. Magritte paints a rectangular window throughout which you can see a beautiful field and sky. Above the rectangular window is an arched shaped window. On each side of the window is a deep red curtain. All around the window and curtain is a soft yellow wall. If you look far enough above the window you can see white trim on the top edge of the wall. Below the wall you can see a dark wooden floor. Also in front of the window is a dark color tripod. The tripod helps to focus your attention to the emphasis of the painting. I feel as if the tripod is used in order to make it look like the view of the window is actually a picture placed on the tripod. Outside the window you can see a green field with a light brown road running through it. Above the road is a tree and a large pile of bushes. Also, there are large, dark mountains in the far distance. Above the landscape is a beautiful blue sky. I can image myself standing in a dining room and looking out upon an open landscape. The painting has a sunny setting and a warm feeling. The white clouds give the painting a soft feeling. In the painting the clouds contrast greatly with the warm colors. Naturally, blue is a cool color and red is a warm color. However, I

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