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Today Is Art Day Mug - Magritte - Pixel Art

$15.00
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About Today Is Art Day Mug - Magritte - Pixel Art

This is not a mug…or is it? Show your love of art with this whimsical Son of Man mug, sure to spark conversation at home or at the office.

About The Son of Man
The Son of Man by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte is arguably one of surrealism’s most recognizable artworks. Simplistic and ambiguous, its meaning is left to the interpretation of the viewer, which was the artist’s intention.

Painted in 1964 and intended as a self-portrait, Magritte’s aim with The Son of Man was to create an enigmatic piece of art that would continue to amaze, entertain, and pique the curiosity of the viewer.

While Magritte began his career painting in the impressionist style, his flair for surrealism soon shone through. After a disastrous first solo show in 1927, he moved to Paris where he met fellow surrealists Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Max Ernst.

He returned to Brussels shortly thereafter where, during WWII, he dabbled with different styles before ultimately returning to surrealism after the war. It was during this period he experienced his greatest critical and commercial successes.

Inspiration
René Magritte
The Son of Man
1964

© Estate of René Magritte / SOCAN (2021)

Dimensions
11 oz / 330 ml
3.25" x 3.75" / 8.3 cm x 9.5 cm

Made of Porcelain
Hand wash only. Do not microwave.

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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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