The Red Model II (1937) by Rene Magritte

The Red Model II - Rene Magritte - 1934

Artwork Information

TitleThe Red Model II
ArtistRene Magritte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions183 x 136 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Location Created Brussels, Belgium

About The Red Model II

“The Red Model II” is an oil on canvas artwork created by the artist RenĂ© Magritte in 1934. As a significant work of the Surrealist movement, the painting stands at 183 cm by 136 cm in size and falls within the genre of symbolic painting. Currently housed at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the artwork was originally created in Brussels, Belgium. The piece encapsulates the quintessential Surrealist spirit by blending the mundane with the bizarre, offering viewers a transformative experience through the unexpected juxtaposition of images.

The artwork presents a striking visual paradox that unites the animate with the inanimate. It consists of a pair of boots, from which human feet emerge, placed against a wooden floor background. The floor transitions into soil filled with pebbles and small debris, including a crumpled piece of paper, giving a sense of a natural, outdoor ground. The feet themselves are depicted with anatomical precision, betraying the organic nature of human limbs, complete with toes and skin textures. In stark contrast to the flesh-like realism of the feet, the boots maintain a typical inanimate character, with their flaccid leather material hinting at an emptiness despite the feet they are ostensibly supposed to contain. This incongruity provokes the viewer to question the nature of reality and the illusions presented by appearances, a central theme in much of Surrealist art. Magritte’s work often probes the boundaries between the real and the imagined, prompting contemplation on perception, identity, and the human condition.

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