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Surreal Collage


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July 13 - July 31


All Community Members

Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms to create a new composition.
A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

We invite you to create a surreal collage using images from different forms to create a unique composition.

Email your surreal collage to bellefontemuseum@gmail.com and we will share it on our social media platforms, as well as email collections.

Featured Artist - Rene Magritte

Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte, 1898 - 1967

Images by Rene Magritte are widely remembered and this recognition is probably because he worked to transform our expectations of what is real and what is not. Magritte was an artist in the Surreal movement, but unique in his style. His work is more representational than the "autonomic" style artists such as Joan Miro. ( Autonomic was a process used by Surrealists and refers to letting your mind flow to get in touch with less conscious thought.) Magritte used ordinary objects in unique ways. He wanted to challenge observers' assumptions and perceptions of reality. In his well known work depicting a smoking pipe, Magritte wrote on the painting, "this is not a pipe". When questioned about the work Magritte said, "of course this is not a pipe, just try to fill it with tobacco."

Magritte described his work as, "the art of putting colors side by side in such a way that their real aspect is effaced, so that familiar objects - the sky, people,  trees, mourners, furniture, the stars, solid structures, graffiti - become united in a single poetically disciplined image". He said the objects loose symbolism and suggested a new composition of ordinary objects was visual poetry but the meaning was mystery. His focus on color is a clue to the mysteries of his paintings and a contribution to the modern art movement. He was influenced by Andre Breton and in turn influenced pop art, minimalism art and conceptual art.