Magritte's Depictions of Home

Magritte's Depictions of Home

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Regina Yunghans
Oct 26, 2009

The rooms found in the paintings of Surrealist Rene Magritte are open to the blue sky, have locomotives in the living room, and play with scale to a level of absurdity. Yet, the rooms still have a familiar, home-like quality to them...

The rooms' traditional shells and humble furnishings make one think of home, despite their surreal content. Maybe it's also because those out-of-scale objects are mundane relics from everyday life. Or because that blue sky is so darned perfect. Or the train is surrounded by a traditional fireplace hearth.

At any rate, we enjoy getting lost in the silence of these "homes", at once so strange and familiar.

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