Art Inspired

«To be in Limbo» Photo: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

«To be in Limbo»

Sculpture «To be in Limbo» in the Jesuit church in Vienna. Christophe Stainbrenner, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer and architects Rainer Dempf and Martin Huber dedicated this artwork to a series of “soaring stone” paintings of Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte.

And another one of their works, also «To be in Limbo» :to-be-in-limbo

One of the “inspirational” Rene Magritte’s airborne stones — The Castle of the Pyrenees. This painting has become one of Magritte’s best known and most-reproduced images. Poetry and mystery came together in a disturbing juxtaposition to soar above the ocean of mundane.

Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967). Le Château des Pyrénées (1959)

Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967). Le Château des Pyrénées (1959)

In the year he died, Magritte painted The Art of Living. It is composed of familiar features from his oeuvre: full-face portraits of “ready-made” citizens, decapitated and ranged in front of a stone balustrade against a background of mountains.

The Art of Living, 1967 by Rene Magritte

The Art of Living, 1967 by Rene Magritte

Inside the balloon is a very small complex of eyes-nose-mouth which seems mysterious yet is not, for it is the expression of normalized vacuity, like the ready-made suit. It’s human being, all right. Human being with big secret: small sins that convention not only allows but prescribes, and major sins society proscribes and disallow.

Magritte. The Therapist

Magritte. The Therapist

In Magritte’s works mysteries lurk in unexpected juxtaposition of everyday things. They induce disorientation — everything is visible but nothing is revealed: the wrist of a hand that is a woman’s face, the door swings open onto an unexpected vista, a stone bird suspended over a rocky shoreline.

Magritte.The listening Room (1952)

Magritte.The listening Room (1952)

Magritte’s iconic bowler hats, apple-faces and apples-in-hats inspired innumerable works of imaginative “re-imagining”:

The Portago Urban Hotel by ILMIODESIGN fuses British design with characteristics associated with ther resort's Spanish location. Located in the heart of Granada, this colorful space features bold design elements.

The Portago Urban Hotel by ILMIODESIGN fuses British design with characteristics associated with ther resort’s Spanish location. Located in the heart of Granada, this colorful space features bold design elements.

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And then there is Roger Dean and his otherworldly   Freyja’s Castle, Asia Astra, Asia Dragon and Green Castle.

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It is an indisputable fact that Cameron’s  Avatar borrowed heavily and unapologetically (sadly, giving no credit or a hint of acknowledgement) from Roger Dean’s artwork. My selection, perhaps, isn’t the best side-by-side illustration of heavy borrowing, but for those who’d seen the movie and familiar with Roger Dean’s paintings would agree that stunning Avatar scenery is, indeed, Dean-inspired.

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