The Object of the Eye

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René Magritte, The Eye (1932-35) René Magritte, TheEye1936

Magritte’s The Eye from 1936presents the image ofan eye and the surrounding areas of the face, painted in Magritte’s usual dry, meticulous and unsettlingbland style. The painting is contained within a Victorian shadow-box that gives the illusion that the unblinking eye is staring through a peep-hole. The effect is profoundly unnerving; the object weare looking atreturns our gaze and exposesus for the voyeurs that we are.Everything we see we objectify, with the exception of ourselves, of course.

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