Mysteries of the Horizon
The first painting Rene' Magritte allowed to be called Surrealist was The Lost Jockey, painted in 1926. When his first art show was badly received in his home country of Belgium, Magritte moved to Paris. There he was a part of the Surrealist group, which included Max Ernst, Dali and Andre' Breton, among other notables.
Magritte's images often depict a juxtaposition of visually similar objects, of various categories but that exchange or intermix qualities or unite as hybrids.
Common symbols in Magritte's work include mirrors, windows, clouds and pictures within pictures.
One of the interesting elements of Magritte's work is that though technically perfect or realistic, it is the arrangement and morphing of the attributes of his subjects that makes the work surrealistic.
Ceci n'est pa une pipe is engraved on the bottom of the painting because, in fact, it is not a pipe, it is a painting of a pipe. Through a series of these Ceci n'cest pa paintings, Magritte enjoyed pointing out that no matter how realistically perfect the painted item, it could never, by virtue of its lack of function, be real.
"Seeing is what matters", said Magritte. He resisted verbal interpretations of his work and was particularly mistrustful of psychological explanations for his paintings.