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Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values)

René Magritte

May 2017

René Magritte, Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values), 1952; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  1. What words or phrases would you use to describe the place depicted in this painting?
  2. If you could enter this space, would you be standing inside or outside? What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. In your mind’s eye, change the scale of one of the objects within this painting. How does that affect your response to the work?
  4. If you were going to make a work called Personal Values, what objects would you choose to depict? Which objects would be big and which objects would be small?

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