I recently made a trip to Brussels to visit several exhibitions/museums, one of which being the new Magritte Museum (in conjunction with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium).
Musee Magritte Museum if fortified with a vast collection of his works, representing all periods for a versatile and complete retrospective. The museum is merely a branch of the vast of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, which has slowly been acquiring Magritte's life's work via purchases and donations. 40 years after the artist's life, he museum opened its doors in May 2009. The exhibition also includes many works of Magritte's comrades and contemporaries, as well as magazine clippings, publications, posters, photographs, etc. documenting the artist's life.
Magritte is without stating, one of the most influential surrealists and Belgian artist of all time. His work is one so commonly known by people from all walks of life; a name as recognizable (or works, rather) as the likes of Picasso, Dali, Kahlo. It was a pleasure bearing witness to some of his works. His works have always been those that I have known and admired, but my interest has been fully renewed and I have found great inspiration. Magritte was an artist with a voracious appetite for creating works, absorbing thoughts ideas, and experimenting with some of the most controversial art movements in Modernism .
The collection is divided into 3 sections
Following Magritte's work through his earliest encounters with art (impressionistic in style), studies at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts (1916-1918), his constructivist period, encounters with the '7 Arts' group, futurism, cubism, and his first encounter with surrealism (works of de Chirico), Antwerps avant-garde, his marriage to Georgette, moving to Paris and his friendships with the likes of Andre Breton, Louise Aragon, E.L.T. Mensens, Paul Nouge, Camille Goemans, etc.
*Portrait of Pierre Bourgeois
*Drawing of Georgette
[a personal favorite]
*Les Prince de Objects
L'Usage de La Parole
[an example of his Words and Images]
*Muscles of the Sky
[prime example of Magritte drawing; applied to advertisement and illustration]
*Portrait of Paul Nouge
La Trahison des Images
*The Treachery of Images (This Continues to Not Be a Pipe)
Magritte's return to Brussels, "Idiotic Works" (advertising), Concept of image and its repetition, Communist Party in Belgium, Laying low during WW2; 'sunlight' surrealism, 'Vache' period, etc.
Portrait of Eluard; White Magic
*Companions of Fear
[Animal/leaves are a common image repeated in many of Magritte's works; I so happen to like owls better than doves]
[part of his Sunlit period; again one of my favorites, and reminds me alot of Clive Barker's Illustrations in the book Abarat]
*Cover of View Magazine
*Poster for the Festival Mondial du Film et des Beaux-Arts
*Lola de Valence
Delusions of Grandeur II
'The Enchanted Domain', later works, large "Magrittian" images, value of repetition, and my personal favorite section.
*Les Grandes Esperances
[exhibited in Enchanted Domain section]
Perspective II: Manet's Balcony
[a whole series of works by famous French Artists, in which the figures are replaced with coffins]
*Art of Conversation
*The Dominion of Light
*The Sixteenth of September
*Hommage a Eric von Stroheim
*The Battle of Argonne
*Castle in The Pyrenees
[I wrote in my notebook, "I can't believe I am standing in front of this painting right now"]
*Domain of Arnhaim II
[incredibly smooth and graphic, lack of brushstrokes, and strong presence; a personal favorite]
*Seen at Musee Magritte Museum
A cute video on the Museum
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