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Paper On Magritte

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Before this project, I had actually seen a few of Magritte’s paintings on social media that I thought were intriguing because they appeared dreamlike and unconventional. Then, because of this previous exposure, I expected to find many art pieces that were surreal. Surrealism is a genre I have always had an affinity for and have wanted to explore more, which is my main reason for choosing Magritte. The most important thing I learned while doing research on Magritte was about his role in the Surrealism movement and influence on other artists. Magritte was born on November 21, 1898 in Lessines, Belgium. Magritte went to the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium but left after only 2 years. Magritte had begun painting before attending art school, but most of his knowledge came from formal schooling where he…show more content…
In the beginning of Magritte’s art career, he studied under Constant Montald, of which whom guided futurism and cubism in Magritte. Magritte then worked with André Breton, who led the surrealism movement and heavily influenced the rest of Magritte’s art career. Magritte’s paintings typically featured people obscured in some way; whether that be by an item, the background, a pattern, or completely cut away from the body. Although Magritte painted many different objects, almost always changing the subject matter, the purpose remained the same: to evoke mystery in the viewer. Magritte seemed to prefer oil on canvas paintings, because that is how he created all his paintings. To best describe the purpose of Magritte’s paintings, he simply stated: “I paint visible images that conceal nothing; they evoke mystery, and indeed, when one sees my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question. ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything because mystery means nothing either, it is
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