About Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une Juif

We cannot believe that we never posted anything about Rene Magritte, especially about his "Treachery of Images" series most famous for his this is not a pipe painting circa 1929.

At MOMA you will be able to view "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938" September 28, 2013–January 12, 2014. "Bringing together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist."

And that is not us smoking a pipe in our photo. It is a digital photo of an original oil painting of us smoking a pipe, which we posed for a while back.

And second, this is not a blog. This is the image of a blog. And a blog is the image of an idea. And those ideas that you may find here are normally images of other people's thoughts, images and  representations, occasionally interspersed with some of our own original brainstorms.

Last, we always obey our own commandments here: Though shalt not be profound, foremost among them. And we try to heed other people's wisdom of the ages, such as Thou shalt not take seriously thine own press releases. But those too are only images of guideposts. And that was not philosophical.

Should we not ask, as is our wont, Was Rene Magritte Jewish? According to one unsubstantiated post, he was half Jewish. We are not convinced. We gather from our handbooks that Magritte was not a Jew, that he was baptized and practiced the Catholic rite as a youngster.  His art has little to no religious content. Enfin... Ceci n'est past une juif.

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