Sunday, 9 March 2008


'Empire of Light, 1954 depicts a scene of a house at night with a lamppost lighting a front portion of the house. This painting is one of my favorite artworks by Magritte. If you look at the painting, you will notice that the sky is a daylight sky (not a night sky) while the house is shown at night. Most viewers do not notice this discrepancy at first, thinking that it is perhaps a scene "shot" at dusk. The scene is subtlety surreal -- it looks like a photograph, yet it is surreal because of the sky.'

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