Artist research- Rene Magritte and Kiki Smith
Rene Magritte was a Surrealist painter who was born in Belgium in 1898. He wanted people to look at ordinary things in different ways. He sometimes painted objects in places where they didn’t usually belong, like in Time Transfixed in which a train is coming out of a fireplace.
Rene Magritte started off with several oil paintings such as the ‘Les Amants’. Magritte’s earliest oil paintings, which date from about 1915, were impressionistic in style. The oil paintings he produced during the years 1918-1924 were influenced by futurism and by the offshoot of cubism practiced by Metzinger. In 1926, Magritte produced his first surreal oil painting, ‘The Lost Jockey (Le Jockey perdu)’. He held his first exhibition but he was heaped by abuse from critics so he moved to Paris where he got involved in a surrealist group. This is why I am relating my work to Rene Magritte as my concept and ideas of what I want to do for my project are quite surreal and minimalistic. Many artists had been influenced by Magritte’s work and his imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. As I was searching the internet for relevant artists that I can relate to my work, I saw an imaginative and creative piece of surreal work which inspired me as not only can I relate the artist to my work but he had created something that can help me further increase my ideas and make them more unique and original which are two main things I need, to create an amazing piece of art. The piece of art that had inspired me was the ‘Forgetmenots’ which is an image of a headless man sitting down with a huge birdcage placed as his body/ribs. The topic I have chosen is ‘caged’ so to make my work original and unique I wanted to think of a better idea than just a normal birdcage. So I was thinking of doing something with rib cages as it comes under that topic and is quite a unique idea...
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