- The Empty Mask
title=The Empty Mask
type=Oil on canvas
width_inch = 45¾
National Museum Cardiff
"The Empty Mask" (1928) is a
paintingby Belgian surrealist René Magritte.
In his essay "Words and Images", published in
1929, Magritte observed that each image "suggests that there are others behind it". Viewed through a freestanding frame of irregular shape, these images are a sky, a lead curtain festooned with sleigh bells, a house façade, a sheet of paper cut-outs, a forest and a fire.
The title evokes the fear of the
invisiblewhich pervades the artist's work and reflects the surrealists' fascination with the subconscious. The painting was purchased in 1973and is currently on display in the National Museum of Wales.
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