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Magritte Hardcover – 15 May 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN GmbH (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783836531221
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836531221
  • ASIN: 3836531224
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Marcel Paquet was born in 1947 in Jumet, Belgium. After obtaining his doctorate in 1978 from the Free University of Brussels with a thesis entitled "La Difference des Pensees de Kant et de Hegel dans la question de l'essence de l'art", he began work on a monumental "Encyclopedie philosophique de la peinture contemporaine". Dividing his time between Brussels and Paris, he has published a number of books on such subjects as Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Botero, and Hans Bellmer.

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This is a fairly decent introduction to the surrealist work of the great Magritte. If you have other hardback art books in the Taschen series then you should know roughly what to expect. The book features 20 full page images, 47 half page images and many more smaller images. The prints are well produced with good detail and strong colours and represent a very nice, broad collection of works, ranging from the truly wacky and surreal (as you would expect from this artist) to more subtle but still mysterious landscapes and depictions of the natural world.

If you like surreal art then I think this is a great book to have with enough imagery to warrant many repeat visits. But there is also a LOT of text included - some of this factual of course, but some is also the authors interpretations of what Magritte was saying or trying to achieve with his pieces. Personally I like to draw my own conclusions and chose to ignore most of this, which is easily done due to the often striking and interesting images that command your attention far more than printed words. Great if you're looking for a mini-biography to go along with the art though. There is also a short four page chronology at the back of the book with photographs of Magritte and his loved ones, with other artists of his time and whilst at work, which is then followed by a full list of plates/images and where the originals can be found.

I had a reasonable knowledge of the artist before getting this book but still found it enjoyable, enriching and engaging.
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 9 July 2014
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I have an interest in Art and I enjoy visiting art galleries when I'm on holiday. I have a number of these Taschen art books and I like them because of the high quality prints of the artists main works. This book on Magritte is no exception. Magritte painted mostly surrealist art and this book is full of his strange, absurd images. I found his art to be very in-your-face and perhaps not as subtle as Dalis ,for example. However , generally speaking , I'm not that fussed on the Surrealists anyway. What I didn't like about this book was the biographical narrative and the author's discussions about Magritte's paintings. Most of it went way over my head and I could understand very little of it. I got the impression that the author was perhaps reading too much into Magritte's art which ultimately ,it seems to me, was just about putting bizarre, incongruous and nonsensical images onto canvas.
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If a book of an artist is produced it needs a good balance between word and picture. The pictures are the important parts and books like this often get torn apart, so that pictures can be used for walls! This fails to a level and is thus disappointing. Plus it leaves out an entry of one picture Magritte painted several times, once (at least) is housed in the MOMA NY. Guess which!

But on the plus side it gives you the flavout of the artist, so we can sleep easy in our beds.
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An excellent book covering all the best know Magritte paintings
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