La Grande Guerre, 1964

La Grande Guerre, 1964
La Grande Guerre, 1964 Limited Edition
Rene Magritte
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The Son of Man, 1964
The Son of Man, 1964 Art Print
Magritte, Rene
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La Grande Guerre, 1964 (translation: "The Big War") depicts a woman carrying a parasol (a lightweight umbrella used, esp. by women, as a sunshade) standing by a stone seawall that overlooks a body of water. This painting is reminiscent of Magritte's well-known painting The Son of Man, 1964.

Although the two artworks are very similar, the scene in La Grande Guerre, 1964 is brighter than in The Son of Man, 1964. The sea is a calm blue and the sky is a light blue with white clouds compared to a darker sea with threatening clouds. The woman has her arms up (holding her parasol and purse) compared to the man who has his arms down by his side and is more staid. The woman has her body turned slightly to her right compared to the man who has his body directly facing the viewer. The brickwork of the seawall is also different; smooth compared to rough, a cap/coping compared to no cap/coping. And while both are wearing hats, her hat is flamboyant while his hat is staid. The woman's face is covered by a bouquet of flowers compared to the man's face that is covered by a green apple.

Size: 81 x 60 cm.
Location: Private collection.

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