"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist" Rene Magritte quote
Painting Inspiration from Rene Magritte
Artist Rene Magritte as Inspiration in these Surreal Times
The strange, surreal artwork of Rene Magritte is appropriate during the current COVID pandemic. So many weird things have been happening this year that no one could have anticipated. Magritte's paintings often combine ordinary subjects or objects in strange, confusing scenes. His quote about art evoking mystery, "without which the world would not exist" is relevant as artists experiment with ways to express life in a pandemic.
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian Artist who lived from 1898 to 1967. Though he passed away over 50 years ago, his paintings and influence on culture have never seemed more true to life. Since lockdown in March, I can't even count the times I've done a double take over weird and mysterious news, images and scenes from daily life in Toronto. Will these strange moments be the "new normal" or will daily life go back to normal when there's a COVID vaccine in Canada?
With more time spent alone and limited interactions with people not in my immediate family, I've found myself wanting to find new ways to express myself through art. Paint and photography have once again become my preferred methods of experimentation and communication so I love the quote from Rene Magritte about using art to evoke essential mystery. This particular quote from Artist Rene Magritte has sparked my imagination since the COVID-19 closures and restrictions in Toronto,
"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist."
- Rene Magritte
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