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René Magritte

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René Magritte, born in Belgium in November 1898, was one of the leading lights of the Surrealist art movement. He died in August 1967.[1]

This is not a pipe.

The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images), a series of paintings, (1928–1929) are probably his most famous paintings. The picture at right is more commonly known as 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe' or 'This is not a pipe'.

The viewer is encouraged to consider the distinction between reality and the representation of reality.

A common figure appearing in many of his paintings is a faceless, non-descript man in a suit wearing a black bowler hat. Frequently this figure would appear multiple times in the same painting--a metaphor for the normalizing power of modern existence and the doldrums of social constructs such as "the workday."

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