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Stepping on Magritte's Sky


Cut across the diagonal, this painting features two seemingly unrelated scenes. On the left, a bright blue sky and puffy clouds reference René Magritte’s surrealist landscapes of shadowy homes, light posts, and bowler hats raining on a sunny day. On the right, a shiny black loafer, attached to a sockless foot, appears to toe at the edge, even prod at, its adjacent scene. By juxtaposing two dissimilar views, Song further associates his hyperrealistic paintings with Magritte’s unique interpretation of Surrealism—one that did not imagine impossible dreamscapes, but rather pictured the strangeness and disquietude of quotidian experiences.


Oil on Canvas


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