René Magritte

Pear and Rose

Pear and Rose by René Magritte

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Magritte's work focused on juxtaposing incongruous elements in order to dislocate the viewer's sense of reality. One of the techniques of Surrealism, the aim was to produce an emotional shock but also to suggest a subtle eroticism. In Pear and rose, the emotional shock is subtle but none the less effective. A comment made in a letter about his admiration for de Chirico also throws light on his own aims: 'De Chirico was the first to dream of what must be painted and not how to paint'.

Title
Pear and Rose
Artist/creator
Production date
1967
Medium
etching and aquatint
Size (h x w)
159 x 108 mm
Inscription
(in pencil) 86/150 (LL), magritte (stamped) (LR). blind stamp: "Gravure Originale Atelier Rene Magritte" (LR)Verso; (pencil) 41153 (l.r.).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1971
Accession no
1971/9/3
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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