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Magritte Mug - La Bonne Foi (1965)

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About the Magritte mug

This Magritte mug features the Belgian Surrealist artist's work “La Bonne foi” (1965). It displays the bust of a man in a suit with a bowler hat hiding his face behind a pipe. The mug comes with Magritte “biography especially written for our customers by Musart. Packaging is safe. Some more details about this iconic Magritte mug:

About the artwork

Magritte explores the viewer’s interest of knowing what is hidden from him and that, which is immediately visible. Although most of the man’s face is exposed, the pipe although small in comparison, disrupts the visual space of the viewer. In a radio interview with Jean Neyens in 1965, when speaking on his interest in the relationship between what is immediately visible and that which is hidden Magritte states “…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.”

  • Dimensions: 3.75 x 3″diam
  • Material: durable, ceramic mug
  • dishwasher-safe

Check out also Magritte’s tray featuring the same artwork, another mug featuring The Son of Man painting.

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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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