Sunday, October 9, 2016


The other day I looked out my window and saw a sky that could have been painted by Rene Magritte.  I looked for the large green apple but didn't see one :)

Magritte seemed to love painting skies - and then putting something surreal into the painting, making us think about what, exactly, he was trying to say or do.

Many of us are familiar with one of his most famous painting, Son of Man, whether we know the name of it, or not.  

I'm not sure surrealists want you to figure out what they are saying - if anything.  Magritte said he covered the man's face so we think about how we always want to see something behind what we actually see.  The bowler, which he wore, could be a self-portrait aspect or not.  The sea, the stormy sky, who knows??

Hoping your day is NOT surreal.  And hoping all along the eastern coast of the US can rebuild and gather their lives back together after Hurricane Matthew.  So sad to see the news reports from Haiti where almost 300 died turn into 800+ recorded dead there.    


Jennifer Rose said...

I've never been a big fan of the surrealists, studied it but didn't mean I had to like it lol

Bruce Sherman said...

Magritte approached his work as you do Rhonda - with an open and exploring mind. Such an approach offers answers during viewer involvement... but perhaps his greatest achievement was that he created more questions in the mind of the viewer than answers. That is why his work survives and is remembered as "surreal"... that is... beyond the ordinary plane of reality.

I think your works often display that quality and goal. Bravo!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Debbie Nolan said...

Definitely Rhonda a different type of art. I am like you as well thinking about all of Haiti. Our mission team was down there during Hurricane Matthew. They just got back so will be anxious to hear about everything. Thanks for caring. Hugs!

RH Carpenter said...

I've always like Magritte - maybe it's the skies and clean lines, Jennifer Rose. But not all surrealists (Dali) make me want to look more than a quick glance.

Thanks, Bruce, take care of yourself :)

Debbie, I misread something about the deaths in Haiti - now they say 372 deaths in Haiti. So much destruction! And still flooding in North Carolina.