And they’re finished. Yay! @b_o_w_o_n_g came over yesterday and did a fab job photographing all the new work for my November show at @lintonandkay Galleries. But there’s no time to relax - we head off on our road trip in a couple of days and there’s still lots to organise for that! Taking my paint box and my camera. Can’t wait, can’t wait 😁 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend 👋
The man in a bowler hat is a familiar icon of Magritte’s art. A totemic figure, often seen from the back and therefore faceless and mysterious, he functions in Magritte’s painting as a pictorial cipher: an apparently banal, metropolitan image of the norm or the everyday. He is the epitome of the generic and the commonplace. His smart, uniform and typically bourgeois attire is indicative of an ordinary, mundane humanity; what Magritte once called, ‘the unity of man’. In Magritte’s paintings of the 1950s and 60s, the bowler-hatted-man, first painted by the artist in 1926, becomes an increasingly frequent presence. Wandering like a suburban flâneur through the often strange landscapes of these pictures, he serves as a kind of reassuring counterpoint to the surprising and sometimes even shocking revelations of Magritte’s world and the way in which they unpick the conventions we use to perceive and to represent so-called ‘reality’.
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Le lieu commun
oil on canvas
100 x 81 cm