Magritte's Dark Angel


Size: 28 H x 44 W x 1 in

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Painting: Oil and Paint on Canvas.

‘Dark Angels’, is a somber and pensive impressionist style Paris night scene inspired by Belgian Surrealist Rene Magritte’s painting, ‘Le Mal du Pays’ (Homesickness) created in 1940.

‘Magritte’s Dark Angels’, (44” x 28”, Oil on Canvas, 2015). A Paris night scene. The painting features two dark angel like figures with raised wings standing on the Pont Alexander III bridge overlooking the River Seine. The bridge, illuminated with a line of ornate Art Nouveau iron gas lamps, reflects the exuberant Beaux-Arts style of the late 1900s.
Two travellers pause in the middle of the bridge huddled beneath an umbrella, perhaps reading a map. In front of the travellers a third individual, dressed in a black overcoat and hat, sits atop a penny-farthing style large wheeled bicycle. He’s stopped and hovers a few feet above the pavement facing one of the angels. The scene in the interior space of the spokeless wheels appears slightly altered, evoking a lightness in atmosphere.
The cyclist is watching with curiosity and quiet anticipation as one of the dark angels reads a note from home.
"Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see". Rene Magritte
The painting Homesickness (1940) features a forlorn Magritte as an angel leaning over a bridge contemplating the river, his sorrow and pain; perhaps even suicide. He was losing his wife Georgette as result of an affair and his home to the Nazi occupation during WWII. The lion, representing his wife Georgette, is not threatening or menacing and looks away disinterested. The painting was completed in 1940, the same year Nazi Germany entered and occupied Belgium in WWII.

Keywords: Surrealism, Bridge, Paris, Magritte, Angel

Subjects: Mortality

Styles: Surrealism

Mediums: Oil, Paint

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Mortality Art Prints, Surrealism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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