René Magritte(1898 - 1967): The Masterpiece or The

René Magritte(1898 - 1967): The Masterpiece or The

11/18/2021, 5:57:21 PM
René Magritte(1898 - 1967): The Masterpiece or The Mysteries of the Horizon, 1955, Oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm, . . Men in bowler hats appear frequently in Magritte's work, with the first being The Musings of a Solitary Walker in 1926. Magritte himself is often seen wearing a bowler hat in photographs. In this painting from 1955, the viewer is presented with three apparently identical men wearing bowler hats and with clearly defined outfits, placed outdoors in a dusk of indigo and black. Each upright figure has his own crescent moon hanging over him, and they all face different ways. One looks towards the white glow of the horizon, while the second shows a little of his face as he turns towards the left hand distance, and the third is seen in profile. The initial impression may be that they are sharing the same space, but they could also be inhabiting separate worlds, although it is impossible for the eye to discern where one person's sky becomes another's. The figures present no personalities - they could all be the same or have none at all. It is the suggestion of being both part of the same world, and yet also apart from it, that makes it vaguely disquieting and connects it with preoccupations of alienation, loneliness and isolation today. For similar reasons, it found popularity in the sixties in the pop art movement, and was used on several album covers.

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