Let’s get surreal.
That is what the Art Institute of Chicago suggested we do, as we appreciate the works of surrealism. Particularly those of Magritte.
Yesterday, my mother, a dear friend, and I went through the exhibit which included well known paintings such as the locomotive coming through the fireplace:
The Art Institute reminds us about his purpose with this: “Seeking to make “everyday objects shriek aloud,” or make the familiar unfamiliar, Belgian artist René Magritte created some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary—and indelible—images.”
I laugh when I see his painting with the caption, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” Because it isn’t! Can you really smoke that thing?
But perhaps most interesting of all (to us readers) is the collection of books the Art Institute put in the shop to accompany this special exhibit on surrealism.
The Healing Trumpet by Leona Carrington
Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel
Selected Poems by Rene Char