Rene Magritte: Fish out of Water





  We are surrounded by curtains. We only perceive the world behind a curtain of semblance. At the same time, an object needs to be covered in order to be recognized at all. 


Visible things can be invisible. However, our powers of thought grasp both the visible and the invisible and I make use of painting to render thoughts visible.


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 either, it is unknowable.


To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.


I do not like money, either for itself or for what it can buy, since I want nothing we know about. 


I despise my own past and that of others. I despise resignation, patience, professional heroism and all the obligatory sentiments. I also despise the decorative arts, folklore, advertising, radio announcers’ voices, aerodynamics, the Boy Scouts, the smell of naphtha, the news, and drunks. I like subversive humor, freckles, women’s knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street. I hope for vibrant love, the impossible, the chimerical.


Rene Magritte


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