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Very delicate. A window within a window is a theme Belgium painter Rene Magritte worked with often.
Thank you. I didn’t know that about Magritte; I have seen a few reproductions of his pictures but none with that feature.
Here’s a link to all his ‘Windows’ paintings:
Although you used a mirror, it reminded me of Magritte’s ideas of showing images of ‘reality’ through ‘windows’. He was one of the big ones in of the Surrealism movement in painting in the 1930’s.
Thanks for this link 🙂
well how interesting to learn about Magritte! and I like the window reflection as well, but what catches my eye in this nice photo – is that wonderful blue serving dish to the right. The red of the bird in front of it brings the eye over there – which then nestles into all that soothing blue and white. so nice. 🙂
actually – I did know a couple of Magritte’s pics – and we did a hat lesson one day where we featured “son of man”- to highlight the Derby hat – and of course the kids also loved the “false mirror” (eye with clouds!!)
but it was nice to see even more works – 🙂
Embarrassing to admit, but I was so focussed on the mirror (in more senses than one) that I did not really look closely at the dish and the cockerel when taking the picture. The brightly painted wooden cockerel was a present from someone I worked with forty years ago in another place. She gave it to us to celebrate the birth of our son. Neither Mrs T or I can now recall where the dish came from, though my guess is that it too predated arriving at the present house. It has a white background glaze covered by a dense and attractive pattern of blue chrysanthemums. It is certainly oriental and probably Japanese, as I believe the chrysanthemum has a special place in Japanese culture. Glad you encouraged me to go back and look properly at both!
well thanks for the reply- and wow- that cockerel is extra special then – with such a warm memory attached – and I thought it was ceramic – hmmm – but I bet the wood is nicer.
Also, thanks for the details on the blue dish – it is so not my area of expertise, but I did see some blue and white dishes being appraised on a show once and it was interesting how some were worth a lot (only a couple, but one was like really rare) and the rest were just “old” – ha! (but I think all are beautiful)
and regarding this:
I believe the chrysanthemum has a special place in Japanese culture.
well I did not know this – so that is fun to learn, but I did know that the cherry blossom is very important – and many countries have cherry trees that were gifts from japan….
check out this expensive blue and white beauty (4,500$$$) lol
Hmm… nice pot; pity about the price though 🙂
yeah – and I do not get it – well I know there are reasons as to why one piece is worth forty-five cents but then another is in the thousands – but it just goes to show you that we never know…. lol