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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Esto no es una pipa: Ensayo sobre Magritte. Is there a "This is not a pipe" for dummies? Asking for a friend. The treachery of images by the Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte was one of the pioneering work in the world of surrealist art back in the inception period of surrealist movement.
The reason it stood out of other works like those of Klee, kandinsky etc. Classical artists never experimented with linguistics to aug The treachery of images by the Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte was one of the pioneering work in the world of surrealist art back in the inception period of surrealist movement. Classical artists never experimented with linguistics to augment their artworks like magritte and other surrealists did.
The artwork is of a simple pipe, an asymmetric, piece of painting erect on an easel. But its not the object's visuals which work the charm in this painting, but the childish cursive script written underneath, saying "This is not a pipe". That's what Foucault claims and analyzes in the book. What makes this artwork special. There had been two versions of the artwork, one with the script written underneath the frame of the painting, and another with the script written inside the frame, as a whole figure.
Foucault dives deep in his thought-verse to see whats happening here, what are the significance of the scriptures, which would help him understand what the artist may be trying to convey. No, "This is not a pipe" - okay then maybe the sentence is negating itself, its just a bunch of symbolic letters, how can it be a pipe.
Or maybe its negating both. Or maybe the negation is denoting to the word "the" and layers and layers of linguistic confusion. Thus, the viewer falls into an ocean of nothingness, with just some incomprehensible intersecting lines in his front. Foucault says thus the artist, Magritte creates a masterpiece in making us think how language defines our reality.
He then goes on distinguishing such surrealist artworks from resemblance and affirmation in brief, bringing again, Klee, Kandinsky Roussell etc. Later on the Foucault attaches the letters exchanged between him and Magritte discussing on the concepts of language, arts and their interrelationships. In fact Magritte never considered himself as an artist, but more of a thinker.
He was a reader of Foucault and Foucault too was a fan of surrealist artists like him and their artworks. Artists like Magritte was important to create masterpieces like "The treachery of Images", while thinkers like Foucault was important was important to explain them to people and broaden their thought processes and worldviews.
Let me conclude with the artist's final remarks about this work of his, the treachery of images "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! I too didnt quite understand at first. But a second read helps. And also another thing that helps are summary resources.
Nerdwriter has an excellent video essay on this. Also this too, is quite useful of a resource The first 'text' of Foucault I've read in its entirety. Despite its brevity, it's still a little slow going Foucault shows how Magritte's paintings of pipes function in several ways decomposed calligram, network of signifying signs all referring back to each other Magritte writes, 'It seems to me that, for example, green pe The first 'text' of Foucault I've read in its entirety.
Magritte writes, 'It seems to me that, for example, green peas have between them relations of similitude, at once visible their color, form, size and invisible their nature, taste, weight. It is the same for the false and the real, etc. Things do not have resemblances, they do or do not have similitudes. Only thought resembles. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.
And can that myth be broken apart? I'll definitely return to this work in the future and hopefully will get more out of it in the future. Once upon a time two pipes met. What a beautiful pipe! And I am not just like you. I am not like you at all. Who are you? I am not a pipe either. We are so similar! Once upon a time the mind of Foucault met the mind of Magritte. It's 20th century. It's the future! What do you do here?
Once upon a time Linda met the book "This Is Once upon a time two pipes met. Once upon a time Linda met the book "This Is Not a Pipe" - very many intelligent observations and conclusions served with a rich sauce of according terminology - Look, a pipe with identity crisis!
Foucault and myself have a generally strained relationship. I'm not exactly sure why. I think that it may have to do with some extremely graphic descriptions of torture.
The book did not have any such descriptions making it seem to be getting off on a much better foot. That is until it just starts getting off on itself. Being that Foucault is not one of the philosophers whom I constantly stand in the same position with, I do unfairly require more work from him in an essay than I may from Hitchen Foucault and myself have a generally strained relationship.
Being that Foucault is not one of the philosophers whom I constantly stand in the same position with, I do unfairly require more work from him in an essay than I may from Hitchens or even someone I find interesting like Paul Tillich or Kierkegaard.
What does all this have to do with Foucault you may ask, wellit has a lot less to do with him if you aren't in my head, but anyway. I say these things to pre-establish that I am away that I am judging Foucault more harshly then I judge people stand in a different relation.
As well as allowing myself to say if you have an unnatural love of Foucault perhaps the book will take a break from itself and play with you as well. Now that I've ranted without saying anything of relevance: The main problem that I had with this book is that it only really made one point well and then it went on to talk for a while about things that didn't appear to have any basis in reality. The insght that a picture is not a pipe is an extremely interesting topic but not one that required anywhere near 50 pages.
In fact yes I already knew, but perhaps not in the sense Foucault wanted and hopefully achieved.
Esto no es una pipa: Ensayo sobre Magritte
There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series.