Le Blanc-Seing – Rene Magritte

Today we post a beautiful picture suggested to us by Alan Mason an artist and writer from Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, England. It is Rene Magritte‘s famous painting ‘Le Blanc-Seing’ (literal translation: “The Blank Signature”) which roughly translates as “free hand” or “free rein”. Alan also tells us Magritte was recorded as saying that the purpose of art was to puzzle and mystify people, which resonates well with us here at Optical Spy.

Initially, the painting appears to be an ordinary painting of a woman on horse back riding through a forest. But when you look closer at the painting you realize that something is amiss. The woman and horse are impossibly interlaced within the forest.

Normally closer objects visually cover up those positioned behind them. Not in this painting, the woman on the horse should be hidden by the tree in front of her yet we see her image in front of the tree.

As with many famous and unusual artworks this has been borrowed and adjusted by other artists. It was famously used for the cover of a ‘The Grand Illusion’ the seventh studio album by Styx ,a popular American rock band from Chicago Illinois in the mid 1970s and early 1980s. Via Optical Spy – Optical Illusions.

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One Response to Le Blanc-Seing – Rene Magritte

  1. Steve B says:

    Ceci n’est pas un blanc-seing

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