The Empire of Light II

The Empire of Light II
The Empire of Light II
Rene Magritte
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Empire of Light II, 1950 depicts a scene of a house at night with a lamppost lighting a front portion of the house. If you look at the painting, you will notice that the sky is a daylight sky (not a night sky) while the house is shown at night. Most viewers do not notice this discrepancy at first, thinking that it is perhaps a scene "shot" at dusk. The scene is subtlely surreal -- it looks like a photograph, yet it is surreal because of the sky.

1950, oil on canvas, 31 x 39" (78.8 x 99.1 cm).
Location: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

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