Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities Ben Stoltzfus

ISBN: 9789058679604

Published: February 25th 2014

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288 pages


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Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities  by  Ben Stoltzfus

Magritte and Literature: Elective Affinities by Ben Stoltzfus
February 25th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9789058679604 | 4.33 Mb

The Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte (1898 1967) is well known for his thought-provoking and witty images that challenge the observer s preconditioned perceptions of reality. Magritte and Literature examines some of the artists majorMoreThe Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte (1898 1967) is well known for his thought-provoking and witty images that challenge the observer s preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Magritte and Literature examines some of the artists major paintings whose titles were influenced by and related to works of literature. Baudelaires The Flowers of Evil, Goethes Elective Affinities, and Poes The Domain of Arnheim are representative examples of Magrittes interarts dialogue with literary figures.Despite these convergences, the titles subvert the images in his paintings.

It is the two images together that express the aesthetics of Surrealism for example, the juxtaposition of unrelated objects whose purpose is to spark recognition. Magrittes challenge to representation compares with metafictions challenge to classic realism, Les Chants de Maldoror, for example, and the intersecting space between art and writing, sometimes referred to as the iconotext, manifests itself whenever Magritte borrows a literary title for a painting.

His strategy is to paint visible thought, and this reverse ekphrasis, the opposite of a rhetorical description, undermines the written text. When he succeeds, the effect is poetry.



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