Today is the birthday of a Belgian surrealist artist René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967). He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
- Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.
- The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
- Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
- We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.
- If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.
- Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.
- Only thought can resemble. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.
- The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.
- To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.
- My painting is visible images which conceal nothing... they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.