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
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About The Voice of Space

The Voice of Space is a Surrealist painting created by the Belgian artist, René Magritte in 1928. The artwork features floating bells and unusual compositions conveying an irrationally compelling image. Its vivid imagery reflects the region of Belgium called Pays Noir where Magritte grew up. Using realistic painting style, he made everyday objects look strangely outlandish.

Magritte’s mother was a suicidal woman who significantly impacted his life and artistic style. He developed a unique artistic approach aimed at challenging viewers’ perceptions of reality, characterized by wit and thought-provoking paintings.

The Voice of Space is one of four oil versions of the painting, with the most famous piece held in Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. This artwork has been analyzed extensively as it became one defining example of Surrealism expression, rejecting rationalization altogether while intriguingly compelling its audience to seek meaning behind an otherwise senseless collection of visual elements.

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