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just some thoughts.. by anna on 2006-07-22
Magritte believed that words and names, like symbols, falsely represented the true meaning of most objects. This belief is embodied in this painting. He depicts an ordinary brown pipe with the words “this is not a pipe” written in a foreign language beneath the object. In contradicting the instant thoughts that penetrate the viewer’s mind at first glance of the image, Magritte is challenging all things conventional that the public has been brought up to accept as ‘normal’. He raises various questions in the mind of the audience, some of which may refer to the importance of labels on a common object.