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Modern Art - Abstraction:

Modern Art - Surrealism

Surrealist Rene Magritte is reknowned for the odd juxtaposition of ordinary objects, or placing things in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things.  The success of the artwork is reliant on his technical perfection..
Perhaps his most famous work was The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images) which shows a pipe.  Magritte painted below the pipe, This is not a pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), which seems a contradiction.  What do you think he might have thought it was? Was it in fact a painting of a pipe?





Piet Mondrian, New York City, New York, c 1942

Stare at this work.  Does your eye play tricks at the point where the lines intersect? Do you see lighter dots and do they seem to pulsate? Mondrian did not paint what we see but what we sense like music and rhythm.









There seems to be an energy in the painting created by this effect..
Mondrian was a Dutch artist who came to America in 1940.  

Why might he have moved to America? Many European artists fled Europe during WWII.
Many of his works are inspired by the New York traffic noise, road grid systems, music and skyscrapers and he creates a sense of hustle and bustle



Is it in fact a painting of a pipe.?
The Key to the Fields, 1936.  What surprise does this painting present?
If it's a mirror, how can the landscape and it's reflection both be facing me?
Was the landscape painted on the window before it broke?
Is it a mirror?






My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?'.  It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it unknowable.
These trees by Mondrian are becoming more abstract.  

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