Rene Magritte was born in 1898 in Belgium. He
graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He was a
designer in a wallpaper factory. At the age of 40, he became a
full-time painter. He was known for transforming his figures in
his paintings. Normal paintings would suddenly look very strange,
as he would introduce objects that would not fit in with the
background. He would also transform objects from one object to
another. He was quoted as saying "the invisible is only the
In virtual reality, places can be built that
don't physically exist in the real world. Places can also be
built of real world experiences that don't really exist. Magritte
can be thought of as a virtual artist. He works with mysterious
spaces where people and objects blend back and forth with each
other. In his painting "Time Transfigured " 1938, a
train floats out of a fireplace.
One of the main purposes of a virtual traveler
is to achieve a goal so that he can get to another world. In
Magritte's art apples float, paintings become windows, rocks
become people and people become rocks. He forms hidden meaning in
These are several of the devices Magritte used to transform
his worlds that he painted on canvas:
Levitation-He would make objects float.
Scale-changing the normal size of an
Juxtaposing-forcing two images together
in impossible combinations.
Dislocation-placing an object from one
environment into another environment.
Transparency-paintings become windows.
Transformation-objects are changed in
front of us..
You become engaged mentally in Magritte art,
just as you would in a virtual reality world.
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