176 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 40 B/W Illus.
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. His paintings are highly self-reflexive in ways we have not completely understood because his paintings have been interpreted through language and linguistic models, which lead to the conclusion that his art is about communication or the lack thereof. 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.
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
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.