La lunette d’approche (1963) by Rene Magritte

La lunette d'approche - Rene Magritte - 1963

Artwork Information

TitleLa lunette d'approche
ArtistRene Magritte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions76 x 115 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationMenil Collection, Houston, TX, US
Location Created Belgium

About La lunette d'approche

The artwork “La lunette d’approche” was painted by the renowned artist RenĂ© Magritte in 1963. This oil on canvas is a prime example of the Surrealist movement, showcasing Magritte’s penchant for symbolic painting. The dimensions of the artwork are 76 x 115 cm. Currently, it resides in the Menil Collection, located in Houston, TX, US, while it was originally created in Belgium.

“La lunette d’approche” depicts a set of French windows ajar, revealing a serene seascape with tranquil blue skies and fluffy white clouds. The inside panel of the open window presents a stark contrast by displaying a completely black void, juxtaposing the realistic depiction of the sea and sky. This contrast may prompt viewers to question the nature of reality and illusion, a typical theme in Magritte’s work. The well-defined lines of the wood-paneled wall and the precisely rendered floor further cast an air of tangible reality, inviting contemplation on the thresholds between the internal and external worlds. The artwork is meticulously detailed, and despite its apparent simplicity, it evokes complex thoughts about perception and boundaries.

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