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Magritte Pillow Case - The treachery of images (1929) - Cream

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This Magritte Pillow Case is a decorative  case featuring a surrealist painting of Magritte representing a contradiction: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"), but an image of a pipe. Magritte points out that no matter how naturalistically we depict an object, we never do catch the item itself.By the time Magritte moved to Paris in 1927, he painted a crude image of a pipe and labeled the painting "La Pipe". The same year, 1927, Magritte published an essay entitled "Les Mots et Les Image" in which he points out by means of little sketches a number of relations between words and paintings. As a result, in his 1927 painting The Interpretation of Dreams", Magritte began placing words in his paintings. This marks a period of about four years where he would produce over 40 paintings that used written words to provoke thought about the meaning of images and words.For Magritte, this established one of his fundamental concepts: representation. Art is a representation of an image, but not the image itself. Thus on the canvas his famous 1929 painting of a pipe he writes Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not pipe") meaning that in fact it's just a painting of a pipe. That painting is a representation of an image but never the real image. Magritte was an artist who has always created astonishment, and has remained a major figure of Surrealism. In this collection of pillows, each pattern combines realistic elements and abstract representations: it is a rediscovery of the surreal world, full of magic and mystery! More details on Magritte Pillow Case - The treachery of images (1929) - Cream:

Technical Specifications

  • Invisible zipper opening
  • 45cm x 45cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches)
  • Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
  • Handmade in France
  • © Fondation Magritte / C. Herscovici La tricherie des images" (1929)
  • 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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