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L’attentat (The Assault), René Magritte

about 1932

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In contrast to what the title might lead us to believe, there is no murder attempt here. The objects have nothing to do with each other: a wooden floor, a framed female torso, a decor of clouds, a bell, and a view of a house where none of the curtains are exactly the same. As he does so often, René Magritte plays around with art and reality. The main lesson: Give your imagination free rein. Magritte is the most significant representative of surrealism, the Belgian art movement at the start of the twentieth century which also caused an international stir.