René Magritte (1898-1967) is one of the best known and most prominent artists of Surrealism, but the general public is perhaps oblivious to what inspired the Belgian to paint paintings such as
Delusions of Grandeur.
Guillermo Solana, curator of the Thyssen Museum exhibition
The Magritte Machine,
warns about this in this video
“We talk a lot about the surrealists, their images, but many times we ignore what is behind them”. Solana explains that the Belgian drank a lot from
Alice in Wonderland,
Lewis Carroll's book, to create his work. In the
For example, the eyes and mouth suspended over a landscape are reminiscent of the Cheshire cat's ability to appear and disappear; just like the large stone that occupies a room in
it resembles the passage in which Alice takes a potion that allows her to grow into a giant. These works can be seen from Tuesday September 14 to January 30 at the art center.