The False Mirror

The False Mirror by Rene Magritte

The False Mirror 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 Modern Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): eye, mirror


The False Mirror is an oil painting produced in 1928 by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte.

The False Mirror painting style was Surrealist art and it also been referred to as magical realism.

Rene Magritte’s painting The False Mirror was completed during the ongoing World War I when several artists come to terms when these scared environments and conflicts were prevailing. Many other artists of
Rene Magritte include Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, and Man Ray painted similar paintings depicting the human eye. The painting was both symmetrical through its horizontal and vertical lines and the color of the pupil at the center of the eye which draws viewer’s attention. The use of a particular scene in The False Mirror depicts to challenge the viewer in terms of there thinking. Here, the viewer thought that what they really know, does it correspond to what they saw in the painting.

The false mirror title was provided by another Belgian Surrealist writer Paul Nouge. The title justifies itself as to the iris was replaced with the blue sky partly filled with clouds. Rene Magritte single eye functions dual as to when the viewer looks through the eye, it seems as if it looks through a window and was looked at by it.

Rene Magritte surprises viewers by removing the pupil from the eyes repositioning the pupil at the center of it while the sky scene captures the area around the eyes. The dimensions of the painting The False Mirror were 54 x 80.9 cm or 21.1/4 in x 31.7/8 in.

The work can be viewed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


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