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Decoding Magritte

ISBN: 9781906593957
Artist(s): Rene Magritte
Author(s): Sylvano Levy
Format: hardback
Year published: 31 Oct 2015
Publisher: Sansom & Co
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 280
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout

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In a ground-breaking analysis, Silvano Levy unravels the hidden structures of Magritte’s paintings. Decoding Magritte puts forward the theory that aphasia, the injury-induced inability to produce and comprehend language, is the elusive key to an underlying artistic mechanism. Magritte had often hinted that there was a covert rationale behind his production, but never gave explanations. Drawing on his conversations with the artist’s widow and key members of the Belgian surrealist group, Silvano Levy deciphers Magritte’s oeuvre in a meticulous study that rests on linguistics and structuralist theory. This investigation first probes Magritte’s early career within the avant-garde, Cubism and Dada, and then systematically sets out the artist s pictorial deconstruction of the pictorial schema.

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