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Magritte [Unknown Binding]

René Magritte
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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006WDU2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough! 1 Mar 2014
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Magritte being one of my favourite artists, I needed a book that was good enough for pleasure and contains enough information about his life to add to my dissertation.
I love the image quality of the book and the information is valuable.
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This marvellous book on the Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte(1898-1967) was published to coincide with the exhibition 'Magritte:The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938' at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston & The Art Institute of Chicago during 2013 & 2014.
After a brief but enlightening introduction there are four essays on Magritte's work in Brussels(1926-1927); Paris(1927-1930); Brussels(1930-1936) & London(1937-1938).
There are 132 high-quality plates of Magritte's paintings some of them little-known and a Chronology(1926-1938).
This is a fascinating guide to Magritte's breakthrough years and his mysterious paintings that made "everyday objects shriek aloud".
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By Dr R TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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René Magritte, 1898-1967, is one of the artists whose Surrealist works are readily identified, appeal to many of the general public and influenced the later Pop Art and Conceptual Art movements. Within an overall Surrealist context he took a variety of incongruous objects and juxtaposed them in ‘strangely visionary and intellectually confounding ways.’ This book represents the catalogue to an exhibition that was held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, in 1999-2000.

The catalogue contains 72 works that range chronologically from 1926 [“The Desert Catapult”, “The Magician’s Accomplices”, “The Wreckage of the Dark”, “The Denizens of the River” and “The Birth of the Idol”] to 1961 [“The Dominion of Light” and “The Natural Graces”].

The Louisiana Gallery was founded in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen who remained its Director until 1995. He intended it to be a home for modern Danish art. Shortly thereafter, he broadened its focus course Louisiana has now become became an international museum with many internationally renowned works. It is situated on the shore of the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk, 35 km north of Copenhagen and looking across the sea to Sweden. This location, together with its permanent collection and regular exhibitions, makes this one of the most impressive smaller art museums in Europe and well worth a visit at any time of the year.

The Preface was written by Steingrim Laursen, who died in 2007 at the age of 75, and who was the Director of the Louisiana Gallery between 1998-2000. An essay ‘The Visible Secret of René Magritte, illustrated with 14 colour and b/w illustrations, was written by Siegfried Gohr and translated by John William Gabriel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with fast historical information: 27 Aug 1999
By Eva Bach (ebach@hws.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A series of plates with page-long descriptions makes this book both beautiful and informative. Magritte's mysterious and thought-provoking paintings are captured in too-real color, and Hammacher's accompanying comments for each are both witty and insightful. It's hard to put down! There is also a nice biography of Magritte's life beginning the edition; one can feel like an expert easily. Finally, the large size and sturdy cover contributes to why the book is one of my favorites for the coffee table.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magritte in his Thirties: The Making of a Surrealist 10 Oct 2013
By Kenneth Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the catalogue of the exhibition organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York and mounted there from September 2013 to January 2014. It will subsequently travel to Houston's Menil Collection (February to June 2014) and The Art Institute of Chicago (June to October 2014), both of which institutions collaborated with the MoMA in producing the exhibition and catalogue. All those museums have extensive holdings of Magritte's works (the Menil alone is surpassed only by the collection in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, which includes the Magritte Museum itself), and their contributions make up the majority of the works exhibited, augmented by significant loans from Brussels and from some fifty further collections and private lenders worldwide. Many of the expected and iconic paintings are here, alongside many far less well known images, collages, objects, commercial catalogue and periodical pages, and photographs of and by the artist and his circle of "accomplices," as they called themselves. This is, in other words, a major and comprehensive exhibition; it is likely to remain the definitive show of Magritte's Surrealism for some time to come.

The catalogue, edited by Anne Umland, MoMA's senior curator of painting and sculpture, does full justice to the exhibition. There are 132 plates of exhibited works, mostly printed full-page or, in the case of photographs and periodical illustrations, two to a page, and there are several two-page detail enlargements of the paintings. The essays are also accompanied by numerous companion illustrations. Four scholarly essays follow on a general introduction by the show's curators; these trace Magritte's path during this period of his life, from his initial involvement with Surrealism in Brussels (1926-27), his decision to live in Paris in order to be closer to the center of the movement and the failure to become satisfactorily established there (1927-30), his return to Brussels (1930-36), and his brief work in London, creating panels for the decoration of Edward James's town house (1936). This is a concentrated period of time; it takes Magritte from his twenty-eighth year to his fortieth, the years most fruitful for the development of his Surrealist style and which set the foundation for the remaining thirty years of his life. Throughout, the writers are keen to relate their discussions to Magritte's project of illuminating the "mystery of the ordinary" through his various "alienating" or "defamiliarizing" devices like the "misnamed" objects in the early word paintings, the morphing of figures into one another, the effects of optical illusion and trompe l'oeil, etc. The essays and their notes have frequent quotations from the artist's writings to elucidate the semiological motivations behind the paintings, the quest to reinvest meaning into things that have lost their meaning through everyday familiarity and routine inattention. Magritte's interaction with his friends and fellow artists (most of them writers) is also highlighted enough to give the sense of Surrealism being a cooperative and collaborative effort, a real group movement. I found these essays to be very informative and helpful, even though they average only about fifteen pages each--which of course means that the majority of the volume is given over to reproducing the art. There is also a detailed and annotated chronology of Magritte's life during these years, which provides information and material beyond that given in the essays. The volume concludes with a checklist of the exhibition giving full curatorial information including the Sylvester/Whitfield catalogue raisonne numbers, a selected bibliography and an index of photographs and figures. This is about as comprehensive and informative a book on the artist's founding Surrealist years as we are likely to see for some time, very solid and professionally produced and highly recommended.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 18 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book on Margritte includes fabulous images and great explanations and references to Magritte's life. I purchased this book in Dutch in Europe, for about four times the price listed here. This is an absolute bargain, and I sincerely regret not having purchased it from Amazon, although I greatly enjoyed having purchased it overall. Any Magritte fan cannot miss this book! Enjoy.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this not a pipe? 7 April 2007
By Reich Claude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The catalogue for a comprehensive exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris held in 2003, this book is a very good, well-documented, well-illustrated study of this ubiquitous Belgian artist who has inspired so many contemporary artists and publicists. There is quite a lot of material available on Magritte and I would say this one is one of the safest bets. Daniel Abadie is a leading French modern art historian and curator and his signature is a token of quality.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More for your money 21 May 2001
By "xboingox" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As the description above states, this book contains 400 illustrations covering Magritte's entire career. I found that after reading "The Essential Magritte," this was a perfect continuation in my introduction to this man's work. The price is also unbeatable, considering what some art books go for these days. Well written and illustrated, this book was a wonderful find.
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