Rene Magritte: Recycling Back and Forth
Mrs. Mariella Jaeger
This paper tackles recycling art specifically with the Surrealist artist Rene Magritte. The study goes back in time to the eras of classicism and neoclassicism and looks at what Rene Magritte recycled from the paintings belonging to these eras. And then moves forward checking where Magritte’s art appears in today’s world. Needless to say the information I stumbled upon while researching was very intriguing and shocking sometimes. Rene Magritte has influenced art, heavily.
I. Modern Art, a revolution on classicism.
1. Magritte recycled many paintings from classicism and neo classicism. His paintings appear nowadays not only in paintings but also in films, plays, and video clips that we are going to discuss in this paper.
II. Magritte and Recycling art
A. Magritte recycling other artists
1. David’s Madame Recamier
2. Gerard’s Madame Recamier
3. Manet’s Balcony
B. Julia Botrous’s Shi Ghareeb
3. Magritte’s Son of Man
C. Hugo movie
D. The Lovers play
1. Magritte’s same characters from the painting
E. The importance of Magritte’s ideas
Recycling art and its influence
Rene Magritte: Recycling Back and Forth
Modern Art has revolted against classicism and neo-classicism to stand out and loudly declare art for the sake of art, for expressing ones thoughts and feelings. Art has been turned from an ordinary field of studies into a basic need for some people. And hence, many names emerged in the modern era with outstanding paintings that we still look at with a hypnotized brain and a wondrous eye. As people gradually understood the difference between looking at Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Marcel Duchamp’s, they eventually learned that a Mona Lisa with moustache doesn’t make it less perfect and neither does it make it an object of mockery. It is simply another piece of art that managed to capture people’s attention and challenged their brains to think about the reasons of why would an artist do that to the almost sacred Mona Lisa. This recycling of art that we see mostly see in Dadaism, Surrealism, and Impressionism doesn’t solely aim at shocking the crowds or degrading classicism. However is has enriched our vaults and imagination with new concepts and new views of things. A painting may be reproduced in another way because the modern painter wanted to depict a new concept through a well know painting that will get easier into people’s minds, principles, and cultures because what is old is what is safe. On the other hand, this recycling of art was depicted within the modern period itself. We can see modern painters being recycled by more modern ones or in different artistic fields such as theater, songs, etc. One of the most intriguing artists is Rene Magritte, a Belgian surrealist painter who created big question marks around the mysteries the hid behind his paintings. Our artist has recycled and been recycled in very noticeable way and what distinguished his art can best be explained by what he himself said, “My art is only valid insofar as it resists bourgeois ideology, in the name of which life is extinguished.” Magritte recycled many paintings from classicism and neo classicism. His paintings appear nowadays not only in paintings but also in films, plays, and video clips that we are going to discuss in this paper.
Magritte has gone back in time bringing paintings of the classicism era into surrealism adding his own touch and living up to what he said, “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing… they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing...
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