René Magritte and the Art of Thinking

1st Edition

Lisa Lipinski

April 24, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages - 14 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138054271 - CAT# Y331092
Series: Routledge Research in Art History


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For René Magritte, painting was a form of thinking. Through paintings of ordinary objects rendered with illusionism, Magritte probed the limits of our perception—what we see and cannot see, the nature of representation—as a philosophical system for presenting ideas, and explored perspective as a method of visual argumentation. His paintings are highly self-reflexive in ways we have not completely understood because his paintings have been interpreted through language and linguistic models, which lead to the conclusion that his art is about communication or the lack thereof. This book makes the claim that Magritte’s painting is about vision and the act of viewing, of perception itself, and the process of how we see and experience things in the world, including paintings as things.

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