Text over image in paintings

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ceci n\'est par une pipe by Rene Magritte, 1929

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Ceci nest par une pipe  by Rene Magritte, 1929 Ceci nest pas une pipe (French) This is not a pipe - text here is a part of the image referring to the fact that painted object is not a real object. This painting produced huge amount of literature.

Ceci n\'est par une pipe by Rene Magritte, 1929
What is image annotation?

Here text is equally important part of painting as image, actually stressing difference between real object and painting.

From Wikipedia:
Rene' Francois Ghislain Magritte (November 21, 1898 – August 15, 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He is well known for a number of witty and amusing images.

A consummate technician, his work frequently displays a juxtaposition of ordinary objects, or an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The representational use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his painting, The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe, This is not a pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe.
(In his book, This Is Not a Pipe, French critic Michel Foucault discusses the painting and its paradox. )


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