“Not to be Reproduced”

Rene Magritte, “Not to Be Reproduced” 1937. Oil on canvas.

I’ve always considered this guy a freaky genius! Not only are his works formally flawless – but they turn our perception of reality on its head. Magritte uses a visual language that repurposes symbols – illustrating the power of an artist to manipulate the laws of the universe. Here Magritte denies the mirrors right to cast a reflection – not only removing the man’s ability to self-reflect but our ability to identify him. This is Surrealism in its most controlled state, which is what makes it so profoundly interesting! (Original post to Instagram November 5, 2012.)


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