Rene Magritte Paintings

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/20/2008 17:00
  • Ended: 11/23/2008 19:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 46
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Rene Magritte Paintings
Contest Directions: This Friday the artistic world is cerebrating the 110th 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, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe,’ I’d 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 110th 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: 11/20/2008 17:00
    • Ended: 11/23/2008 19:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 46
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
46 hi-res pictures
  • Magritte Precognition Using Photoshop

    Magritte Precognition Using Photoshop
  • Wall Street Bankers Hanging by Magritte

    Wall Street Bankers Hanging by Magritte
  • Kebabs Falling From the Sky by Magritte

    Kebabs Falling From the Sky by Magritte
  • Shooting Arrows at the Son of Man by Magritte

    Shooting Arrows at the Son of Man by Magritte
  • Son of Man Playing with a Basketball by Magritte

    Son of Man Playing with a Basketball by Magritte
  • Son of Man Listening to an Apple iPod by Magritte

    Son of Man Listening to an Apple iPod by Magritte
  • Simpson Lovers by Magritte

    Simpson Lovers by Magritte
  • Hannibal Lecter by Magritte

    Hannibal Lecter by Magritte
  • Cigarettes Falling on Barack Obama by Magritte

    Cigarettes Falling on Barack Obama by Magritte
  • Magritte Paiting Himself

    Magritte Paiting Himself
46 high resolution images
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte (1898—1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He was popular as the author of witty, and at the same time, poetically mysterious images. Biography: Magritte was born on November 21, 1898 in the small town of Lessines, in Belgium. He spent his childhood and youth in the small industrial city of "Charleroi" where life was rather difficult. In 1912, his mother drowned in the River Sambre, which probably rendered a huge impression on the then teenager and future artist, however, contrary to the stereotyped view, it is not necessary to overestimate its influence on the creativity of the author. Magritte has taken out a number of other memoirs from his childhood, not so tragic, but no less mysterious memoirs about which he said that they found reflection in his creations (lecture of 1938). For two years, Magritte attended the Royal Academy of Fine arts in Brussels, which he left in 1918. During this period, he met Georgette Berger, whom he married in 1922 and with whom he lived till his death in 1967. Magritte worked as a poster and advertisement designer in a wallpaper factory till 1926, when the contract with Brussels Galerie la Centaure allowed the artist to fully devote himself to painting.