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Monday Muse: Magritte

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This week’s Monday Muse art piece gives a nod to surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Magritte, a Belgian artist, painted his pieces during the first half of the 20th century. Although his work falls under the surrealist genre, his works fall closer to the spectrum of realism as compared to his contemporaries in the genre. Rather than use the subjects in a unconventional way, he paints normal everyday objects and wills the audience to think of the subject as it really is….or isn’t. For instance in his series “Cici n’est pas” where eerily realistic items are painted, Magritte’s point is that it may look like the item but it’s not actually the item. In his Cici n’est pas series depicting a pipe, Magritte maintains that it is simply a painting of a pipe, “just try to put tobacco in it”.

The painting I selected is probably the most famous of Margitte’s work, The Son of Man. The painting depicts a man, a self-portait, in a suit and bowler hat whose face is hidden behind a green apple. What Magritte says about his painting “At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present”.

I think it’s a pretty clear linkage of having this painting inspire fashion, in which my challenge would be how this would be interpreted in modern day sportswear for women. Rather than being too literal, I picked feminine pieces and mixed it with masculine silhouettes. A chunky watch, an onyx ring similar to a man’s signet ring, and shoes that are reminiscent of loafers. I even selected a gender neutral scent of Burberry Brit, an iconic British brand that would evoke an image of a sharp suit with a bowler hat. A midriff baring white shirt and red pants is a more literal acknowledgment of the shirt and tie, and of course a beautiful trench rounds out the look.

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This entry was posted on October 21, 2013 by in Beauty, Fashion, Monday Muse and tagged , , , .
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