René François Ghislain Magritte
Birth- November 21, 1898, Death- August 15, 1967. He was born in Lenisses, Belgium.
He was married to Georgette Berger. They married in 1929 & were together until his death
He learned his craft at the Académie Royale Des Beaux-Arts school in Belgium.
3 facts: He's the oldest of 3 sons. He was in the army. He had known his wife, Georgette, since he was a young boy.
Quote #1 Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. Quote #2 If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.
René Magritte was best known for his Surrealism style of painting
Surrealism- a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images
This is my favorite work of art by Magritte. It's titled "The Glass Key"
The size & dimensions of the artwork is 129.5 to 162 cm
It currently sits in the Menil Museum in Houston, Texas
Color- the closest mountain looks kind of green by the way he shaded it. Value- how he shaded the closest mountain darker than the others, it looks. Texture- you can tell how the mountain would feel by the way he drew it. Space- the rock in the middle looks like it kind of floating in the air, on nothing. Line- there were some curved lines in the mountains. Shape/Form- it looks 2D by how real the artwork looks, it looks like a picture, not a drawing.
Interpretation- I think he was trying to express his feelings. It looks like he was drawing a memory or a dream. I think he chose this subject because the drawing means something special to him.
This artwork gives me the feeling of mystery and deep thought.
My favorite part about the artwork is the distribution of mountain color & how some look far away & some look close up.