The enigmatic images of the great Surrealist René Magritte are so powerful that they seem to define a completely new reality, where everyday objects and familiar situations are transformed in unexpected ways. Magritte’s visual ideas are astounding in their variety and originality, and creative people ranging from philosophers to advertising executives have found inspiration in his work. His impact on fine art and artists has been even more dramatic.
The key paintings gathered in this volume, published in conjunction with a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, were selected to show Magritte’s influence on the art of the latter half of the twentieth century, especially Pop and Conceptual art. An essay by art historian Siegfried Gohr explores some of the major themes in Magritte’s work, while more than 60 color plates tantalize the viewer.