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Rene Magritte - Time transfixedTime transfixedRene Magritte

Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée, 1938) is an oil on canvas painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. It is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and is usually on display in the museum's new Modern Wing.
The painting was one of many done for surrealist p...

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, United States)
 
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Arshile Gorky - WaterfallWaterfallArshile Gorky

The Waterfall is mid 20th century painting by Armenian American artist Arshile Gorky. The dimension of painting is 96.8 cm by 24 cm and is housed in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. It is an oil painting based on surrealism style and abstract genre.
Waterfall was develope...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, United States)
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Pablo Picasso - Women of Algiers (Version O)Women of Algiers (Version O)Pablo Picasso

A nude courtesan stands brazenly before us, her breasts and soft stomach are bare, her hair wrapped in an elaborate headdress. A tangle of limbs, breasts and buttocks fill the rest of the canvas, which measures 57 by 45 inches. Here are women selling their bodies, many of them faceless, reduced to t...

 
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Jackson Pollock - Number 1, 1949Number 1, 1949Jackson Pollock

No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, an American painter known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist movement. The painting was done on an 8' × 4' sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It was or...

Private collection (New York, United States)
 
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Rene Magritte - The seductiveThe seductiveRene Magritte

The Seducer is a 1953 painting of Rene Magritte. It was created in Brussels, Belgium on surrealism style to depict Mature Period. The dimension of painting is 38 cm by 46 cm and is based on storyline of marina. The night effect has been prominently featured in this painting by use of dark blue and l...

 
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Joan Miro - Ciphers and Constellations, in Love with a WomanCiphers and Constellations, in Love with a WomanJoan Miro

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman (Catalian: Xifrats i constel · lacions, en l'amor amb una dona) is a 1941 Abstract Expressionism style painting created by Joan Miro. The painting is 46 cm x 38 cm, based on gouache and oil media displays Love with a Woman and is available at Art Insti...

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, United States)
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Pablo Picasso - Mother and child (Marie-Therese and Maya)Mother and child (Marie-Therese and Maya)Pablo Picasso

Mother and Child was also inspired by Picasso’s own life. Three years earlier, he had married Olga Koklova, a Russian dancer, with whom he had a son in 1921. For the next few years, Picasso produced at least 12 images of mothers with children, returning to a theme that he had explored during his Blu...

 
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Paul Delvaux - Night TrainNight TrainPaul Delvaux

In the late 1950s Paul Delvaux produced a number of night scenes in which trains are observed by a little girl seen from behind. These compositions contain nothing overtly surrealistic, yet the clarity of moonlit detail is hallucinatory in effect. Trains had always been a subject of special interest...

Musee de Toyama (Japan)
 
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Arshile Gorky - The Liver is the Cock-s CombThe Liver is the Cock's CombArshile Gorky

This painting contains many veiled references to Gorky's life and history, while it simultaneously creates visual puns and double meanings that function on many levels. The liver is often referred to in ancient texts as the center for passion, instead of the heart. The 'cock's comb' is both the head...

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, United States)
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Frida Kahlo - Self-Portrait with MonkeysSelf-Portrait with MonkeysFrida Kahlo

This is the self-portrait in which Frida includes her pet monkeys. This painting was produced during her most prolific period, the early 1940s, in which she created several self-portraits. The background is one of tropical plants which is a common background theme used in many of her paintings. In t...

Collection of Jacques - Natasha Gelman (Mexico City, Mexico)
 
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Pablo Picasso - Portrait of Maya with her dollPortrait of Maya with her dollPablo Picasso

Maya with Doll (Maya a la Poupee) is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. Created in 1938, the New York Times described it as 'a colorful Cubist portrait of Picasso’s daughter as a child clutching a doll.'

Musée Picasso (Paris, France)
 
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Paul Delvaux - The Sleeping VenusThe Sleeping VenusPaul Delvaux

Delvaux’s work combined classical perfection with an erotic and troubling atmosphere. The sensuousness of Sleeping Venus is set against its oppressive night-time setting. Delvaux later explained that it was painted in Brussels during the German wartime occupation and while the city was being bombed....

Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
 
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Salvador Dali - The Endless Enigma, 1938The Endless Enigma, 1938Salvador Dali

Inside this painting are six separate images, interwoven and laid atop one another.This composition is probably the best example of paranoiac-critical activity in operation in the paintings done by Dal. He is not satisfied with pursuing a double image but succeeds in accumulating and making rise si...

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain)
 
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Rene Magritte - Personal valuesPersonal valuesRene Magritte

Here, the artist presents a room filled with familiar things, but he gives human proportions to these formerly unassuming props of everyday life, creating a sense of disorientation and incongruity. Inside and out are inverted by his rendering of a skyscape on the interior walls of the room. The fami...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, United States)
 
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Edward Hopper - Office at NightOffice at NightEdward Hopper

The painting depicts an office, occupied by an attractive young woman in a short-sleeved blue dress, who is standing at an open file cabinet, and a slightly older man who is perhaps in early middle age. He is dressed in a three-piece suit and is seated behind a desk. The nature of the office is uncl...

Walker Art Center (United States)
 
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Max Ernst - Europe after the Rain IIEurope after the Rain IIMax Ernst

Medium of war, Max Ernst. Europe After the Rain remains his pullulating masterpiece, in which emotional desolation, physical exhaustion, and fears of the destructive power of total warfare combine - after the rain of fire, the biblical deluge, and the reign of terror. The title dates back to an earl...

Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, United States)
 
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Rene Magritte - The companions of fearThe companions of fearRene Magritte

The Companions of Fear original oil painting by René Magritte is among this surrealist painter’s most intriguing art works. Many of Magritte’s later oil paintings take the humorous edge: In this way The Companions of Fear is somewhat different - Humor ebbs toward the darker side of irony. The Compan...

 
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Henri Matisse - Blue Nude IIIBlue Nude IIIHenri Matisse

The series of paintings, which are known as the blue nudes, were painted between 1952 and 53 using the gouache découpage method. They illustrate how provocative a simple design can be. Matisse used simple cut shapes to construct the images and uses the colour blue because of its obvious ties with nu...

Musée National d'Art Moderne (Paris, France)
 
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Joan Miro - Seated Woman IISeated Woman IIJoan Miro
162 x 130 cm, (1938)

The expressionistic Seated Woman II can be seen as a final manifestation of Joan Miró’s peintures sauvages, works characterized by violence of execution and imagery. It was painted at a time when Miró, like Pablo Picasso and Julio González, was responding acutely to the events of the Spanish Civil W...

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (Venice, Italy)
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Salvador Dali - The Enigma of HitlerThe Enigma of HitlerSalvador Dali

The wilted tree of life with branches cut off represents the material plane not being rooted in the life. This is emphasized by one end of the tree being cut off in the painting. Hitler is represented as a torn photo. There are several peculiarities to note. Only this object has a recognizable face ...

 
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Max Beckmann - ColumbineColumbineMax Beckmann
381 x 500 cm, (1950)

Painted in 1949, Vor dem Ball (Zwei Frauen mit Katze) is an intensely evocative work which exemplifies the bold depictions of women Beckmann carried out in America during the final years of his life. Throughout his career femininity was central to his iconography.

The Saint Louis Art Museum (United States)
 
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Rene Magritte - The MagicianThe MagicianRene Magritte

Like Magritte said: “Anyone crazy about movement or its opposite will not enjoy this picture.” I agree with Magritte because this painting is simultaneously static and generates a lot of movement. It looks static because Magritte seems to be frozen: the way he’s chewing, cutting the meat and poring ...

 
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Edward Hopper - People in the SunPeople in the SunEdward Hopper

In Edward Hopper's People in the Sun, five men and women sit on a terrace beneath a vast blue sky. Stark contrasts and cool light emphasize the eerie expressions, frozen poses, and formal attire of the visitors. Hopper distilled his memories of tourist destinations in the American West to create a s...

Smithsonian American Art Museum (United States)
 
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Edward Hopper - Sunlight in a CafeteriaSunlight in a CafeteriaEdward Hopper

Hopper wrote to his patron, Stephen Clark, in September, 1958: 'I'm very pleased that you have acquired my picture, Sunlight in a Cafeteria. I think it's one of my very best pictures.' From his youth, Hopper had been intrigued by people in urban restaurants, sketching one such scene when he was only...

Yale University Art Gallery (Hartford, United States)