René Magritte / Euclidean Promenades / 1955René Magritte
Euclidean Promenades

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Creator Name: Magritte, René
Creator Nationality: European; Belgian
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1898 - 1967
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: René Magritte
Title: Euclidean Promenades
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1955
Creation End Date: 1955
Creation Date: 1955
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.64-1/8 x W.51-1/8 in.
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 68.3
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Copyright: ? C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Surrealism was an art of fantasy, dream, and the unconscious, delving into the recesses of the human psyche to discover mysterious, bizarre, and often disturbing images. René Magritte, however, was a Surrealist painter more fascinated by puzzles and paradoxes than by the nature of the unconscious. The Promenades of Euclid presents the age-old problem of illusion versus reality. In this witty picture within a picture, the canvas in front of the window seems to exactly replicate the section of city it blocks from view. But does it? Could the twin forms of tower and street exist only in the artist's imagination? Or do we view the actual city through a transparent canvas?

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AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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