The Treachery of Images
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||63.5 cm × 93.98 cm (25 in × 37 in)|
|Location||Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California|
The Treachery of Images (French: La trahison des images, 1928–29, sometimes translated as The Treason of Images) is a painting by the Belgian René Magritte, painted when Magritte was 30 years old. The picture shows a pipe. Below it, Magritte painted, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe.", French for "This is not a pipe."
The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture "This is a pipe", I'd have been lying!
His statement is taken to mean that the painting itself is not a pipe. The painting is merely an image of a pipe. Hence, the description, "this is not a pipe." The theme of pipes with the text "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" is extended in his 1966 painting, Les Deux Mystères. Currently it is shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
|Magritte's The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), Smarthistory|
|René Magritte considers language and perception, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art|
- La Trahison des images (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), 1929, Painting, Oil on canvas. Purchased with funds provided by the Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection (78.7). On public view: Ahmanson Building 2nd Floor.
- Torczyner, Harry. Magritte: Ideas and Images. p. 71.
- "Olga's Gallery". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- "Magritte's The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)". Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
- "René Magritte considers language and perception". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- Allmer, Patricia. René Magritte: Beyond Painting, Manchester University Press, 2009. ISBN 0-7190-7928-4.
|Wikiversity has learning materials about 1929/Margritte#Parody|
- This could be a pipe: Foucault, irrealism and Ceci n'est pas une pipe essay in irreal (re)views