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DECODING MAGRITTE. Silvano Levy. Sansom & Company, Redcliffe Press Ltd., Bristol, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 280 pp. with 116 ills. (111 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781906593957 In English; interviews also in French.
Publisher's description: In a groundbreaking analysis, Silvano Levy unravels the hidden structures of Magritte's paintings. Decoding Magritte puts forward the theory that aphasia, the injury-induced inability to produce and comprehend language, is the elusive key to an underlying artistic mechanism. Magritte had often hinted that there was a covert rationale behind his production, but never gave explanations. Drawing on his conversations with the artist's widow and key members of the Belgian surrealist group, Silvano Levy deciphers Magritte's oeuvre in a meticulous study that rests on linguistics and structuralist theory. This investigation first probes Magritte's early career within the avant-garde, Cubism and Dada, and then systematically sets out the artist's pictorial deconstruction of the pictorial schema. The inclusion of previously unavailable source material in the form of photographs and substantial interviews with Georgette Magritte, Louis Scutenaire, Irene Hamoir, Marcel Marien and George Melly provides valuable primary resources, as well as shedding additional light on the "Magritte code".
Artist(s):Magritte, Rene
Indexing: Western, Europe — Belgium — 1900-1945 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 167929
Hardcover $60.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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