Personal Values

Personal Values Painting by Rene Magritte.

Personal Values by Rene Magritte

Personal Values by Rene Magritte was produced in 17th Century and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Surrealism movement. The work can be viewed now at Musee Magritte Museum, Belgium


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): comb, personal


Personal Values is an oil painting produced in 1952 by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte.

The Musee Magritte Museum hosted the painting until 2015 and now it was lent by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The painting Personal Values style was similar to the old master’s style i.e. more realistic and ultrafine. Rene Magritte used a deadpan to illustrate the articulated content of this picture which results in a power paradox. It means that there were certain beautiful images in clarity and simplicity but they could provoke unsettling thoughts. These pictures seem to declare that they were hiding nothing but at the same time were so strange. Rene Magritte wanted that the viewers would start to question the definition of the painting. The comb in this painting represents a tool with a socially accepted exterior behavior. Its position depicts a standing figure and a relationship with the pillow.

Personal Values is an oil painting produced in 1952 by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte.

The comb was generally used to groom one’s hair either male or female. The soap present nearby represents the importance of the grooming of the body. Through this painting, Rene Magritte’s particular personal hygiene and picture were shown. The dimensions of the painting Personal Values were 80 cm x 100 cm

Magritte painted the walls with the color of the sky which depicts that the room was free from its limit to human physicality of imagination. It suggests that the image of any individual viewer was up-to their own and they could interpret the composition of the painting Personal Values.


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