Artist: René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967)
Title: Les roses d'Ispahan, 1965
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 45 x 55 cm. (17.7 x 21.7 in.)
As a surrealist artist, René Magritte painted ordinary objects in unusual circumstances in order to question our perceptions of reality. He also frequently chose titles that seem unrelated to his works, challenging viewers to devise their own meanings for his paintings. Here, for instance, "Persian Letters"
is the title of an 18th–century literary satire describing the travels of two Persian noblemen in France. When we look at Magritte's painting, however, what we see is a pair of trousers standing on top of a table >>>