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"The Empire of Light"

Rene Magritte

famous painting The Empire of Light of Rene Magritte

There are many versions of this Surrealist piece- The Empire of Light, they were painted from the 1940s to the 1960s. The painting depicts a dark, nocturnal street, houses with the light emanating from the indoors. There are trees along the side and a single lamppost pours light in the area. Above the dark subdued colours of the night is a bright blue sky, like daylight. The blue is pastel with white fluffy clouds passing by. The stark contrast of night and day creates an uncomfortable feeling, it disturbs a basic premise of life. Magritte explored this idea in 27 paintings, all of them depicting the same concept of night and day. This was an impersonal and precise style that Magritte had preferred since the 1920s. On his ideas, Magritte says, “I have always felt the greatest interest in night and in day, yet without ever having preferred one or the other. This great personal interest in night and day is a feeling of admiration and astonishment.”

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