La Grande Guerre by Surrealist Rene Magritte


La Grande Guerre 1964 by Rene Magritte

I was drawn to this piece because the lady’s face is covered.  It is so unique and I love art that perplexes me a bit. 

Pioneering Surrealist Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967) masterfully mixed wit with illusion. Initially designing wallpaper, posters and advertisements, Magritte utimately received a gallery contract that enabled him to paint full time. He surmounted early, scathing criticism of his work eventually winning over critics and profoundly impacting the art world.

Magritte often blocked a subject’s face with a suspended object to challenge human assumptions about the unknown, and placed ordinary objects in unusual contexts to give new meaning to familiar things as you can see in La Grande Guerre, completed in 1964 by Magritte. Magritte’s work experienced a resurgence in popularity during the 1960s, remaining enigmatic, thought-provoking and highly influential.

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