The Voice of Space (1928) by Rene Magritte

The Voice of Space - Rene Magritte - 1928

Artwork Information

TitleThe Voice of Space
ArtistRene Magritte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 54 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationPeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Location Created Paris, France

About The Voice of Space

“The Voice of Space” by Rene Magritte, painted in 1928, is an oil on canvas that reflects the Surrealist movement. With dimensions of 73 by 54 cm, this symbolic painting currently resides in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, though it was created in Paris, France. As a work emblematic of Surrealism, the artwork depicts an enigmatic scene designed to challenge perceptions and provoke contemplation.

The artwork presents three large floating spheres in a sky above a serene landscape. These spheres are reminiscent of bells, as suggested by the clappers visible at their bases. Their smooth surfaces and the striking contrast against the soft, pastured background, underscored by the clear blue sky, imbue them with an otherworldly presence. In the lower segment of the painting, a tranquil scene unfolds with a cover of what appears to be wild shrubs or plants and a group of deer grazing peacefully. This juxtaposition of fantastical elements with a pastoral setting is typical of Magritte’s work, creating a dream-like atmosphere that encourages viewers to question the nature of reality and the confines of rational thought.

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