Thursday, 1 August 2013

'La Trahision des Yeux' - acrylic on board - 12" x 10" - an Homage to Magritte.

In 1928-29, Belgian Surrealist artist, Rene Magritte painted his piece 'La Trahision des Images'- 'The Treachery of Images.' The picture shows a pipe. Below it, Magritte painted, 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe.', French for 'This is not a pipe.'

"The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe,' I'd have been lying!" - Rene Magritte.

My painting - 'La Trahison des Yeux' (The Betrayal of the Eyes). An homage to Belgian Surrealist, Rene Magritte's 'La trahison des images' or 'The Betrayal of Images' is a commentary on how our eyes are compelled to see a photo rather than a painting or the real object when looking at realist artwork.
My aim was to create a painting that looked like it was a photograph and a real pipe, yet on closer inspection was neither. A 'trompe l'oeil' literally translated as a 'deceive the eye'. An illusion of our perception and preconceptions of imagery and art.

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