Rene Magritte and Norman Rockwell Rene Magritte (1898-1967) “ It is a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world. Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery. ” — René Magritte on putting seemingly unrelated objects together in juxtaposition Rene Magritte, Belgium surrealist Magritte's work frequently displays a collection of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. Rene Magritte, Belgium artist The use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his 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. Rene Magritte Magritte painted below the pipe "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe. One of various splashes appearing in the title screen of the video game Minecraft reads "Ceci n'est pas une title screen!". Rene Magritte: Witty Magritte used the same approach in a painting of an apple: he painted the fruit and then used an internal caption or framing device to deny that the item was an apple. Rene Magritte: Surrealism His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. Rene Magritte “One night, I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A magnificent error caused me to see an egg in the cage, instead of the vanished bird. I then grasped a new and astonishing poetic secret, for the shock which I experienced had been provoked precisely by the affinity of two objects – the cage and the egg -- to each other, whereas previously this shock had been caused by my bringing together two objects that were unrelated.” Rene Magritte Magritte is best known for his realistic depictions of ordinary things made surreal by context or their relationship to each other. The Portrait This painting depicts an almost photo-realistic table setting with a slice of ham in the center. The scene is made surreal by the presence of an eye staring back at the viewer from the center of the ham. Norman Rockwell (1894 -1978) His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post. The Clock Mender (was on the cover of the Post) Norman Rockwell, American painter For "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country," Rockwell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1977. Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing over 4,000 original works in his lifetime. Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon Norman Rockwell This painting was on the cover of Popular Science magazine in 1920. Norman Rockwell’s later years He began receiving more attention as a painter when he chose more serious subjects such as racism. One example of this more serious work is The Problem We All Live With, which dealt with the issue of school racial integration. The painting depicts a young girl, Ruby Bridges, flanked by white federal marshals, walking to school past a wall defaced by racist graffiti.