Magritte%20-%20Pleasure[1] Pleasure-Rene Magritte 1926

With Dali, Rene Magritte is the most popular and well known Surrealist. Known for his cool, philosophical detachment in his paintings of everyday objects undergoing startling transformations and his ironic juxtaposition of image and text, Pleasure is one of Magritte’s more macabre and visceral paintings.

A young woman is devouring a bird beneath a tree where several other birds are perching. The white collar and ruff of her dress are stained with blood. Her eyes have the rapt, vacant expression of those in a ecstatic trance. Is this a despoiled Eden with Eve celebrating her loss of innocence by satisfying her deepest and darkest carnal desires?

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