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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The master of combinations

The Kiss, René Magritte, 1951.
The Kiss, René Magritte, 1951.

Creative thinking is rooted in our ability to see or imagine old concepts or objects in new way. This ability is key to our advancement. One of the most revered artists of the 20th century, Belgian surrealist René Magritte (1898-1967) is a great pioneer of such thinking in art.

He took recognisable everyday objects and depicted them in unusual settings and startling combinations and juxtapositions. Making novel combinations is what creative thinking, in essence, is about; Einstein called it a ‘combinatory play’. Combinations are important because they challenge and change our preconditioned perceptions of reality - rather like Magritte’s thought-provoking images - and, therefore, open possibilities. ‘Everything we see hides another thing’, said Magritte.

Professionally trained as an artist, he made his living in advertising. This shaped his illustrative painting style which articulated the content of his beautiful paintings clearly and simply. From 1960s he exerted a huge influence on the art world and popular culture. His works are amongst the most iconic images.

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