The Treachery of Images is my favorite piece by the artist Rene Magritte.
Not only is his work beautiful in it’s depictions of images, but all of his paintings seem to have a different, secret language, hidden amongst rich colors & precise curves. This is Magritte’s piece, The Treachery of Images. The joke is that, of course, the words translate to, “This is not a pipe.” It’s perfect. Because it’s blatantly honest: we’re not looking at a pipe, but the depiction of a pipe.
“The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe,” I’d have been lying!” – rene magritte
What’s not to love?
Rene Magritte, The Lovers