art masterpiece: magritte

The Return by Rene Magritte, 1940

A couple of Friday's ago we discussed The Return by Rene Magritte in my sons 1st grade class. This was another fun artist to talk about! Here is my presentation.

The Return by Rene Magritte

About the Artist
This artist was born in Belgium (I showed them where that was on the map), his name is Rene Magritte (ma-greet). He began art lessons at age 10. He was interested geometric shapes, technology and dreams. The name of this painting is The Return.

There is a lot of symbolism in the art Magritte created.  That means the artist used obvious things to represent something else.  He does this to provoke thoughts and feelings.

What are the obvious things we see in this artwork? The kids came up with the words on the left and we discussed what each represents.
Dove = Peace
Nest = Safe Habitat
Eggs = Birth, Hope, Future
Shadow = Fear
Clouds = Foggy, Unclear 

Magritte’s work is of the unconscious mind like in dreams. This is called Surreal or super real. It’s like a dream put on canvas. The bird, eggs, nest and clouds are real things shown in an unreal way.

He became famous for his surreal artwork and it hangs in many world famous art museums today.  

What feeling do you get when you look at it?  Many kids again said weird, haha. I think they are at an age where anything out of the ordinary is considered weird.

Thank you for reading along with me today.  I hope you liked learning more about Rene Magritte. This painting was created during WWII. I didn't go into how the symbolism of his work ties in with the war but, I thought that was interesting and wanted to acknowledge that tidbit for you here.

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