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 The Word vs. Image

  1. An object is not so attached to its name that one cannot find for it another one which is more suitable.
  1. There are objects which can do without a name.
  1. A word sometimes serves only to designate itself.
  1. An object encounters its image, and objects encounters its name. It happens that the image and the name of this object encounter each other.
  1. Sometimes the name of an object occupies the place of an image.
  1. A word can take the place of an object in reality.
  1. An image can take the place of a word in a proposition.
  1. An object can suggest that there are other objects behind it.
  1. Everything tends to make one think that there is little relationship between an object and that which represents it.
  1. The words which serve to indicate two different objects do not show what may divide these objects from one another.
  1. In a painting the words are of the same substance as the images.
  1. One sees differently the images and the words in a painting.
  1. Any shape may replace the image of an object.
René Magritte
1-20 March, 1954

Note: The above was copied directly from a display at the Magrittte Museum in Brussels. The text was in English. I did not translate it from French as some have suggested. It's a fantastic museum and well worth the visit.

posted by KRASK  September 27, 2009 10:16  Art  comments (0)

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