This weekend I went to the Magritte museum (in Brussels), because I read online that the first Sunday of the month, there is a free entrance. Turned out it was the first Wednesday, oops. I’ve been looking forward to this visit. I love the work of Magritte.
I’m usually not that much into modern art, but I do like Magritte his work. And the fact that he is a Belgian painter makes me proud of course 🙂 In my art history classes we took the time to analyse a couple of his works.
The museum turned out to be a very big disappointment. It was small, and I barely saw any of his works I had in mind. If you visit the Magritte museum, you at least want to see his most famous work ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’, but I didn’t get to see that one either. This is a painting of a pipe with underneath the text ‘this is not a pipe’. It isn’t a pipe, it’s an image of a pipe.
Nevertheless I did get to see some nice paintings.
His work is sometimes very strange, most of his paintings come from the surrealistic period.
The rooms were very dark so it was hard to take decent pics.
As you can see there are always certain elements that come back in his work. The sky with clouds, birds, fish, a ball, his hat, an apple… The one on top (right) is called ‘Black magic’.
The following painting is called ‘the traveller’:
On top left is the painting ‘ The Domain of Arnheim’. Magritte based this painting on a poem from E. A.Poe.
My favourite was the following one:
Is it day or night here? Seems to be like it is both. I like the confusion in this painting, yet when you first look at it, everything seems to be normal.
René describes his work like this: “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
When walking through the museum I did ask myself a lot ‘what does this mean’? Like I said before his work is quite strange. I guess he leaves the interpretation and mystery to the spectators.
What do you think of Magritte his work? Is it something you can appreciate?
More information can be found on this website: http://www.renemagritte.org/
If you’re under 25 the museum will only cost you 2 euros! The regular price is 8 euros.