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He was not as passionate a player as Man Ray or even Marcel Duchamp (who was infuriated at losing twice in a row to an eleven-year-old boy named Fischer); nevertheless, Magritte loved this form of visible mathematics more than the act of painting.
Numerous anecdotes attest to his great contempt for that which Bram Bogart called "peinture-peinture" (which may be roughly translated as "painting pretty pictures") and Marcel Duchamp the class of the "retiniens" ("retina-cretinas") - in contrast to the class of the 'grey subject-matter.' " The above paragraph from the History of Art expesses why I feel an afinity with Magritte- it's almost as if we are in some way kindred souls.
His painting The Rape which features of a woman's face replaced by sexual attributes: breasts, belly button and pubic hair, certainly pushed the limit.
To avoid a scandal this painting was hidden by a velvet curtain at the Minotaure exhibition in Brussels.
Although some images like fractals pose an awesome type of beauty and wonderment to me, real images connect me to my world.
If you're not trying to say something, if you're not trying to get the viewer involved mentally and emotionally- why bother.Léopold certainly had a sense of humour but must have been rather ill-natured.The tragic end of Régina Magritte, whose body was recovered in the Sambre Feb. No doubt she deeply influenced her son's work, in which water is omnipresent along with veiled characters (when Régina's body was taken away of the water, her face was covered with her dressing gown).We know very little in fact about René Magritte's youth, for this great artist was loath to look into his past.Thanks to Paul, we know that Léopold, the father, was a successful businessman who gave his family the opportunity of living handsomely and could even afford a small staff of servants.The truth is that we cannot even say with any certainty whether Magritte actually enjoyed painting.