On the Threshold of Liberty

On the Threshold of Liberty Painting by Rene Magritte.

On the Threshold of Liberty by Rene Magritte

On the Threshold of Liberty by Rene Magritte was produced in 1937 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Surrealism movement. The work can be viewed now at Art Institute of Chicago Building, Chicago

 

Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): canon, panel, window
 

 

On the Threshold of Liberty is an oil painting produced in 1937 by Belgian painter Rene Magritte.

American composer and trumpeter Mark Isham composed On the Threshold of Liberty music dedicated to this painting in 1983.

On the Threshold of Liberty painting depicts a very large room containing four walls all paneled with different windows or scenes. Each panel scene depicts a different scene or subject some include fire, sky, forest, wood, house of windows, a female torso, and some spherical bells. A canon is present on the right-hand side of the painting, inside this large room. This painting was the second version which was painted in 1937 by Rene Magritte and the changes made were with the horizontal lines which were changed to vertical thus leading to a change and increased in the area of the room while the original version was painted and completed in 1929. The original painting is currently viewed at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

On the Threshold of Liberty is an oil painting produced in 1937 by Belgian painter Rene Magritte.

The individual panels or windows in the room represent or gave individual meaning to themselves. On the left-hand side wall are present two panels one representing a busk of woman torso and other a dense forest. In the front wall are present four other panels featuring a wooden panel, a sky filled with partial clouds, windows from a high rising building and a wall made up of bricks. On the right-hand side are two other panels depicting fire and the other with some spherical bells.

In the room, there were a total of eight paintings all multiple panels or windows directly in front of the viewer. The auxiliary canon present on the right-hand side of the painting was being pointed towards the left-hand side of the painting and it was the only tangible item present in the painting. The canon looks very realistic indeed. The painting was made on canvas and it was a very large painting. The dimensions of the painting were 238.8 cm × 185.4 cm or 94 in × 73 in

 

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