journal on the human condition

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Maggie Morris Dr. Cummings FYS .004 30 August 2007 Journal on La Condition Humaine 1. Who is the author and what perspective are they writing from? a. The painter of this work is named Rene Magritte. Magritte was born in Belgium and suffered a rather traumatic childhood. His mother committed suicide by drowning herself in a river. Magritte was present when his mothers’ body was brought out of the river and it is said that that image may have influenced a 1927-1928 series of paintings Magritte did. Magritte studied in Brussels for two years before he married in 1922. Many of his paintings center around the bizarre illusion type of things. 2. What major themes are developed in this work? a. One of the major themes that is developed in this work of art is very clear
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Unformatted text preview: because it is in the title, the human condition. It is the human condition to believe what we see but what is being portrayed for us in this painting may not be truth. What if the canvas on the easel in the painting does not accurately portray what is behind it? It makes the viewer question whether or not what they are seeing is what is really there. Another major theme of this work is the theme of philosophy. This painting provokes as much thought as many of the philosophical readings we have done so far. It really makes the viewer think about what is really behind that canvas and whether or not it is the truth that is being shown. As all god philosophy does it really messes with your mind and makes you question everything. 3....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course FYS 101 taught by Professor Cummings during the Fall '08 term at Mercer.

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