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Need help deciding on art - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Need help deciding on art
My home is very poorly decorated, mainly because I don't have much of an eye for decor, or a sense of how to do it, and almost never go shopping for it. Well, for a change I'm in a kind of shopping mood, for Rene Magritte!

I've always had a side-interest in Magritte's work, and thought it's high time I should get something new to put up on my walls. Problem is, many of his "classics" don't appeal to me, and the remainder... I dunno if they'd work as something nice to have hanging in a room. So I'm appealing to the advice of my LiveJournal friends! :)

As an added difficulty, most of these aren't available as posters. I'd have to find an art-book at the library, scan a page, and then try to blow up the picture and hope that it prints well, without looking too pixilated. Anyway, here's the short-list, and my pro-and-con feelings:

The Key to the Fields:

Evening Falls:

Both the above images have a similar theme; the first is definitely the brighter-looking of the two, but for hanging in a room, the broken glass shards have a certain violent, harsh mood to them.

The human condition:

This is the prettiest and brightest painting I'm presenting here, but the optical trick isn't especially novel, and given so many modern variants, is a bit boring.

Not to be reproduced:

I love absurdity, and this is a great example of it. At the same time, it's a rather moody, antisocial painting, and darkly-lit. Having a reproduced copy would also be ironic.

The Empire of Light:
There are several variants of this work. It's the only one in the short-list that has posters for sale.

Obviously a contrast between day in the sky and night at ground-level, but it comes off feeling like dusk, so it would add a kind of... low-energy, sleepy feeling to the room if I hung it on the wall. The one with the lamp reflected in water is the nicest-looking one, in my opinion.

So what do you think? :)
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greenreaper From: greenreaper Date: April 9th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the first one, because it is mostly green!

(GreenReaper: not a qualified art-norn.)
dronon From: dronon Date: April 9th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
With Photoshop and colour tweaking, all the paintings could be tinted green!
pierrekrahn From: pierrekrahn Date: April 9th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like The Key to the Fields and Not to be Reproduced
plonq From: plonq Date: April 9th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Pierre; those two are my second and third favourites. I prefer some of his lesser-known works though:

dronon From: dronon Date: April 9th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geez, why does Granny Smith have to ruin every photo?
kfops From: kfops Date: April 10th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
She's a cruel mistress, for certain. Very sour.
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