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René Magritte and the Art of Thinking

1st Edition

By Lisa Lipinski


140 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 40 B/W Illus.

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For René Magritte, painting was a form of thinking. Through paintings of ordinary objects rendered with illusionism, Magritte probed the limits of our perception—what we see and cannot see, the nature of representation—as a philosophical system for presenting ideas, and explored perspective as a method of visual argumentation. This book makes the claim that Magritte’s painting is about vision and the act of viewing, of perception itself, and the process of how we see and experience things in the world, including paintings as things.

Table of Contents


1. Bringing Thought to Life;

2. The Use of Speech in Painting;

3. The Mystery of the Visible;

4. Inspired Thought;

5. Conclusion: Ends and Endings

About the Author

Lisa Lipinski is Assistant Professor of art history at The George Washington University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Individual Artists / General
ART / Techniques / Painting
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century