René Magritte was a Famous Belgian Surrealist Artist.
He is best known for his witty and thought-provoking painting and his use of simple graphics and everyday sketches. Magritte's work usually displays a collection of typical objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to the familiar items.
Magritte's works are a number of surrealist versions of other famous paintings, such as Perspective I and Perspective II.
We've put together an incredible collection of René Magritte quotes to read.
Here they are:
List of Inspiring René Magritte Quotes
Nothing is confused except the mind. - Rene Magritte
My investigations resembled the pursuit of the solution to a problem for which I had three data: the object, the thing connected with it in the shadow of my consciousness, and the light wherein that thing would become apparent. - Rene Magritte
Too often we tend to reduce what is strange to what is familiar. I intend to restore the familiar to the strange. - Rene Magritte
The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb. - Rene Magritte
Life obliges me to do something, so I paint. - Rene Magritte
I want nevertheless to add that for me the world is a defiance of common sense. - Rene Magritte
It is not my intention to make anything comprehensible. I am of the opinion that there are sufficient paintings which one understands after a shorter or longer delay and that therefore some incomprehensible painting would now be welcome. I am at pains to deliver such, as far as possible. - Rene Magritte
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 in my picture "This is a pipe", I'd have been lying! - Rene Magritte
If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream. - Rene Magritte
Each thing we see hides something else we want to see. - Rene Magritte
People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the images. - Rene Magritte
I have a few illusions: the cause is lost in advance. As for me, I do my part, which is to drag a fairly drab existence to its conclusion. - Rene Magritte
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. - Rene Magritte
Painting bores me like everything else. Unfortunately, painting is one of the activities - it is bound up in a series of activities - that seems to change almost nothing in life, the same habits are always recurring. - Rene Magritte
An object never serves the same function as its image - or its name. - Rene Magritte
Everyday objects shriek aloud. - Rene Magritte
Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. - Rene Magritte
Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. - Rene Magritte
An object is not so attached to its name that we cannot find another one that would suit it better. - Rene Magritte
No object is stuck with its name so irrevocably that one cannot find another which suits it better. - Rene Magritte
This is not a pipe. - Rene Magritte
Do not accept any explanation of the world either through chance or determinism. You are not responsible for your belief. It is not even you who decides that you are not responsible - and so on to infinity. You are not obliged to believe. There is no point of departure. - Rene Magritte
The purpose of art is a mystery. - Rene Magritte
Only thought can resemble. It resembles being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it. - Rene Magritte
What he imagines evokes nothing imaginary, it evokes the reality of the world that experience and reason treat in a confused manner. - Rene Magritte
Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness. - Rene Magritte
If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but of thinking of the question that is raised. - Rene Magritte
A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream. - Rene Magritte
We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world. - Rene Magritte
My painting is visible images that conceal nothing, they evoke mystery. Mystery means nothing. It is unknowable. - Rene Magritte
A thing that is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows. - Rene Magritte
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well. - Rene Magritte
I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street. - Rene Magritte
I need to see the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original manuscripts of books. - Rene Magritte
I do not like money, either for itself or for what it can buy, since I want nothing we know about. - Rene Magritte
The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. - Rene Magritte
I think we are responsible for the universe, but that doesn't mean we decide anything. - Rene Magritte
The feeling we experience while we look at a picture is not to be distinguished from the picture or from ourselves. the feeling, picture, and ourselves are united in one mystery. - Rene Magritte
Between words and objects one can create new relations and specify characteristics of language and objects generally ignored in everyday life. - Rene Magritte
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. - Rene Magritte
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