Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938

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René Magritte. _La Clairvoyance (Clairvoyance)._ Brussels, 1936

René Magritte. La Clairvoyance (Clairvoyance). Brussels, 1936

Oil on canvas
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ross

Narrator: Here Magritte depicts himself in the act of painting. He looks at an egg but conjures a bird on the canvas.

Curator, Anne Umland : Magritte, from 1932 on, had set out to apply a new method of working that involved revealing the unexpected connections between things. Here you see him literally in the act of carrying that new method out.

It's about the limits of vision, the secret life of objects, the fact that there's no visual relationship between the shape of that egg and the form of the bird he is depicting. Yet the two are indelibly connected. It's making you stare harder at the things around you and think about not so much what they show you, but what they conceal or about their hidden potential.