time for a Magritte contest  November 21, 2011 - December 21, 2011

Contest Completed


First Place - [writing deleted]
Second Place - The Mystery of the Three
Third Place - [writing deleted]


René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. Magritte's work frequently displays a collection of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. Magritte's use of ordinary objects in unfamiliar spaces is joined to his desire to create poetic imagery. He described the act of painting as "the art of putting colors side by side in such a way that their real aspect is effaced, so that familiar objects—the sky, people, trees, mountains, furniture, the stars, solid structures, graffiti—become united in a single poetically disciplined image. The poetry of this image dispenses with any symbolic significance, old or new.” René Magritte described his paintings as "visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?'. It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable."

Please choose a work by Magritte to inspire your poetic voice.


Emily Burns
Emily Burns
Richmond, KY


10 Contestants
13 Submissions
Created Nov 21, 2011