May 15, 2020

René Magritte, Philosophy in the Bedroom, 1947

Belgian surrealist René Magritte was the king of concealment, famously obscuring faces behind fruit and shrouding whole heads in cloth. “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see,” he once said. In this 1947 ensemble, however—a breasted dress and some toe-adorned high heels—he opted for the opposite approach, subverting clothing’s intended purpose as a protector of modesty with amusingly anthropomorphic results.

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