I've been going through some files on my backup hard drive; thought I'd weed out some things that maybe didn't need saving anymore, look for hidden gems, that sort of thing. Today I came across a word document titled "Favorite Paintings" which had last been saved May 30, 2008. I thought it would be fun to post them here and let you all know if I would still consider them favorites, so over a series of posts I will be sharing the paintings, along with some of my thoughts on it. Enjoy!
First up on my list was The Lovers, by René Magritte (1928). Now, there are two paintings by Margritte with this title, but I'm sure I was referring to The Lovers II, but for fun I'll post both of them. First, here is The Lovers II.
Thoughts: I still really love this painting. It's intimate because of their kiss, yet they are shrouded, so they can't see one another. It's like they can't really know each other, even in love. It's kind of bittersweet. Margritte often painted shrouded faces, or things covering faces which I think is interesting (perhaps his most famous is The Son of Man).
Here's the other painting titled The Lovers. I like this one too.
What do you think of the paintings? Any other Margritte's that you like? Or other surrealists?