René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He painted common everyday objects in odd contexts. He sought to challenge his viewers to question whether art is really able to represent an object. Witty and thought provoking, his art influenced artists such as Andy Warhol, Jan Verdoodt, and Jasper Johns.
In his famous painting, “The Treachery of Images”, he questions the relationship between language and meaning. By combining the image and words in this way, he makes the viewer see that the painting of a pipe is no more an actual pipe, than a picture of a pipe can be smoked.
His small painting of an apple, owned by Paul McCartney, is believed to have been the inspiration for the name and logo of the Beatles’ record company, Apple Records. It was later adopted by Steve Jobs, for the Apple computer logo. Magritte also uses an apple in his self-portrait Son of Man (below).
René François Ghislan Magritte was born November 21, 1898 and died August 15, 1967 at 68 years of age.
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