Magritte Art

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/23/2010 11:30
  • Ended: 11/26/2010 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 36
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Magritte Art
Contest Directions: On November 21 the artistic world celebrated the 112th birthday of Rene Magritte - Belgian surrealist artist. His surreal works are not only visually impressive, but often thought-provoking. His series of paintings titled "The Treachery of Images" shows the realistically drawn objects captioned "Ceci n'est pas..." (French for "This is not..."). His famous image of a pipe is captioned "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"). As Magritte himself commented: "The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, its just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture This is a pipe, Id have been lying!" Rene started his career as a designer at a wallpaper factory, and later was a poster and advertisement designer. His first personal exhibition in Brussels in 1921 got horrible critics reviews. Real fame came to Magritte in 1960 (shortly before his death in 1967) when his paintings influenced pop art and culture.
To celebrate the 112th birthday of Rene Magritte, photoshop any of his paintings. Some examples are: show how he would have created his works in the modern days, what people or objects he would choose, etc. (If you use any of his nude sources, please cover the models in bikini to make them safe for work).

Contest Info

    • Started: 11/23/2010 11:30
    • Ended: 11/26/2010 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 36
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
36 pictures
  • Modern Magritte Apple Painting

    Modern Magritte Apple Painting
  • Barack and Michelle Obama in a Contemporary Magritte Painting

    Barack and Michelle Obama in a Contemporary Magritte Painting
  • Matthew Bellamy The Muse of Rene Magritte

    Matthew Bellamy The Muse of Rene Magritte
  • Barack Obama The Artist

    Barack Obama The Artist
  • Magritte meets David Painting

    Magritte meets David Painting
  • Reinventing Magritte

    Reinventing Magritte
  • Barack Obama's Apple and Pipe

    Barack Obama's Apple and Pipe
  • Modern Memory of a Voyager

    Modern Memory of a Voyager
  • Painting an Egg

    Painting an Egg
  • Magritte 4th Dimension Painting

    Magritte 4th Dimension Painting
36 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Magritte's philosophy and style: Isolated, as if imperturbable styles, is the characteristic for Magritte's paintings. Usual subjects are painted by Magritte, which unlike other major surrealists (Salvador Dali, Ernest), never lost their "Objective": they do not spread and do not turn into their own shades. However, the strange combination of these subjects amazes and makes people stand up and think. And, the calmness of the style only aggravates this surprise and immerses the spectator in a certain poetic catalepsy, caused by most secret things. The aim of Magritte, according to his own confession, is to make the audience think. Due to this, paintings by the artist often are like puzzles, but it is impossible to completely solve the puzzles, as they raise the questions on the essence of life: Magritte always speaks about the elusiveness of the visible, about its concealed mystery, which we usually do not notice. The working style of the artist is popular, in which he writes "It is not that" below the usual subjects. The pipe with signature "That's not a pipe" is especially popular. Thus, Magritte once again reminds the audience that the image of the subject - not subject itself is important.