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Rene Magritte Ligne Blanche Paris - Porcelain - Espresso Set of 2 - Great War (1964)



About Rene Magritte Ligne Blanche Paris - Porcelain - Espresso Set of 2 - Great War (1964)

This exclusive Rene Magritte Ligne Blanche Paris Limoges Porcelain Espresso Set of 2 features the notorious Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte's work "The Great War" (1964). A variation of his work The Son of Man, Magritte's work the Great War also consists of a man in a bowler hat and where unlike in his work The Son of Man, where the artist teases the spectator with showing one of the eyes of the man, in Magritte's The Great War the apple completely covers the face of the subject. In addition, unlike in Magritte's Son of Man where the body of the subject is partially visible, in The Great War Magritte zooms into the subject's upper torso and face. Although Magritte's The Great War draws the spectator closer to the subject already familiar from his previous work Son of Man, ironically Magritte now makes the subject even more unattainable and inaccessible to the viewer. Magritte comments on the aspect of the hidden face of the subject: "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." This porcelain espresso set made by the Limoges-based french company Ligne Blanche, and it features the label "Porcelaine de Limoges" attesting to it unique and high-quality standards. More details Rene Magritte Ligne Blanche Paris - Porcelain - Espresso Set of 2 - Great War (1963):

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: (Espresso cup) 3.5" x 3.5" x 5" inches (est)
  • Weight: 3 lbs (est)
  • Material: Porcelain.
  • Porcelaine de Limoges - Fabriquée en France
  • © Photothéque R. Magritte - ADAPG, Paris 2011.
  • Magritte


    René Magritte was one of the most famous surrealist painters of all time. His ability to challenge perception inspired many artists to come, such as Andy Warhol, Jan Verdoodt and Jasper Johns. Furthermore, his idiosyncratic vision of Surrealism has won over the hearts and minds of millions. He worked across various media including painting, printmaking, sculpting, photography, and film. His depiction of normal, everyday objects rearranged in an unusual way allowed his viewers to take a deeper look at what was in front of them and realize what the image truly represented. One of his most well-known pieces, The Treachery of Images exemplifies his ability to give new meanings to objects. It is an image of a pipe, and beneath it, a message that reads, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”). This ability to make the mundane strange and the known unknown has solidified Magritte’s talents in the art world. Eventually, it has profoundly affected the Conceptualist and Pop Art movements, to this very day.


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