Magritte was a member of the surrealist group whose works are renowned for their extraordinary sense of fantasy and surreal reality. This particular painting ,The Lovers may be a visual depiction of the idea "love is blind". I personally interpret it as how love or simply a kiss can free your mind and make you lose all your senses. I thought that this painting could be an interesting source of inspiration for a re-styling photoshoot adding a little more edge to it by using two men or two women.
Renè Magritte, The Son of Man 1964
The Son of Man is another of Magritte famous works that inspired me for this project. Magritte is famous for his display and juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. I believe that incorporating everyday objects in portraits could be an interesting solution to our project.
About the painting Magritte said,
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.
Magritte's bowler hat also inspired Rossella Jardini for the 2009 F/W collection of Moschino. The surrealistic theme played out on the entire collection, giving that witty and fun feeling which the surrealists were well renowned for.
by Michelle Vacchini