René Magritte, a critique of reification

Authors: Joemets, Micheline
Advisor: Moore, Elliott
Abstract: This essay examines René Magritte’s works from 1925 to 1933. It posits that Magritte’s paintings underwent two distinct stages of resistance to commodity relations, one around 1925-1927, the other starting in 1933 with the development of a work process known as objet-réponse. It suggests that the two stages of resistance to commodity relations were founded on opposite modes of construction. The works dating from the early years are understood as being the result of a constant effort to negate the structural principles of the 'organic’ work of art, while the works dating from 1933, are understood as aiming for the creation of a new value system, one which transcends the rational and quantitative norms imposed by reified society.
Reproduction Note: Montréal Trigonix inc. 2018
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 1991
Open Access Date: 12 February 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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