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Magritte Hardcover – 15 May 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
But on the plus side it gives you the flavout of the artist, so we can sleep easy in our beds.