View Full Version : Rene Magritte - What does he mean?

tlr online
20-01-03, 00:02
The Belgian surrealist painter, Magritte, has always felt painting was somewhat "vaguely magical." Magritte oftenly chose ordinary things from which to construct his artwork: trees, chairs, doors, tables, windows, shoes, shelves, landscapes, apples, and people. His work was seen as the perfect reproduction of the inexplicable quality of dreams and therefor was seen as surrealistic.

Below is a famous painting by Rene Magritte called A Great War. What does the image suggest to you?


20-01-03, 00:08
hmm... is the apple falling, or standing still?

Maybe the apple represents the youth... since its green and fresh. How war affects the youth, maybe?

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tlr online
20-01-03, 00:10
The apple is static. There is no right or wrong answer. The meaning is unique to the individual.

20-01-03, 00:18
The only thing I can think of that has to do with a man and an apple is the garden of eden incident. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif Maybe man being blinded by sin? but then again I am probably way off track. Not too good with art. :D :D

20-01-03, 00:36
Actually, Trinity, that is a really good answer. You can see that the eyes of the man are not visible at all. Maybe the apple is representing sin, meaning that we only have eyes for sin, and things that appeal to the flesh? And the great war would be between what our flesh wants to do and what are spirit desires. Just going along side your opinion.. good thought. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

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20-01-03, 00:46
Or.... could it be man's unwillingness/desire to listen to women? Started all with adam and eve. :D

20-01-03, 01:55
that is mans lesson never to listen to what a woman has to say again. :D

20-01-03, 12:09
Maybe the artist feels that Adam took the first bite and not Eve ;)

20-01-03, 16:30

20-01-03, 23:28

Yes, maybe the bible being written by men only blames women for men's follies...

An interesting point...too bad I don't take the bible seriously... ;)

21-01-03, 00:12
Draco...........................the comments I live for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

21-01-03, 00:29
Ihate to showmy lack of depth by jumping onto the shallow end of this pool BUT .....all I see is a picture that makes no sense to me at all. Sorry.

21-01-03, 00:40
Annacia, in art, only the artist knows what they paint ;) . It's up to the person interested, to give an opinion of their own http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

21-01-03, 02:38
Firstly I'm thinking what a tall man. Then I'm thinking is he looking at the apple. Maybe he's looking at the apple as it is falling...what is the surrealism though? Is this explaining the surrealism of dreams? The apple is doing something that it wouldnt normally do in real life...maybe the apple is not even falling, which it would in real life. The man is just looking at it standing there infront of him...thinking hmmm. That's my impression. Maybe I should do some of my own dreams. Does anyone have weird dreams about space...you know like the universe? :confused:

21-01-03, 04:19
Did anyone notice that one hand is dark and one hand it light? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

21-01-03, 04:33
Maybe, the guy wants to get the apple off his face...

21-01-03, 09:08
Trinity that is because one hand is more behind him. Shadow effect.

21-01-03, 10:35
Not necessarily...

Shadows are used proactively throughout artistic depictings to show the 'dark' side...

21-01-03, 22:43
Perhaps Magritte forgot to change his canvas when he started painting the apple! :D