Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 75 - This is not a cat

The representational use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in Magritte's painting, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe ;This is not a pipe; (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe. It does not satisfy emotionally – when Magritte once was asked about this image, he replied that of course it was not a pipe, just try to fill it with tobacco.

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