Pleasure-Rene Magritte 1926
With Dali, Rene Magritte is the most popular and well known Surrealist. Known for his cool, philosophical detachment in his paintings of everyday objects undergoing startling transformations and his ironic juxtaposition of image and text, Pleasure is one of Magritte’s more macabre and visceral paintings.

A young woman is devouring a bird beneath a tree where several other birds are perching. The white collar and ruff of her dress are stained with blood. Her eyes have the rapt, vacant expression of those in a ecstatic trance. Is this a despoiled Eden with Eve celebrating her loss of innocence by satisfying her deepest and darkest carnal desires?



22 thoughts on “Pleasure

  1. The whole cannibalism thing is weird. OK, i realize she is not a cannibal here, but it reminds you a bit of it, with the dripping blood and the fact it’s raw. I was just reading a book written by a psychologist from New York in the 1930s where he describes various criminals as well as sexual criminals and he describes the nexus of sexual crime as cannibalism (since one of them was eating the children he molested). Horrible and we don’t usually think of those kinds of things happening so much before Bundy although there were the Moors murders which I guess was a bit earlier.


      1. More shocking than the Assassin? Well, yes, we definitely need a little more red meat from Magritte and less slick advertisement art.


      2. I never got that it would subvert advertising. It really has the advertising look. I guess Dali influenced ads but Magritte already had that ad style from his former career…

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      3. Yes you’re right they were never against advertising per se just the system but they ended up expanding the domain of the system…that’s what you get from reading too many Situtionists texts

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