The Great War by Rene Magritte
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is undoubtedly The Greatest Painting in The World
Based On These Criteria:
- Abstract Expressionism ( The Essential Premise of Modern Thinking & Art ) taught us that for a painting to be 'real' it had to be considered a thing in itself, without the pretension of being 'of something'... Yet this tautology of semantics defies the central functionality of painting; and that is to show us something that we have never seen before, or to allow us to see something 'ordinary' in such a manner that the viewer 'sees it' for the first time, as the thing in itself, which is what the Abstract Expressionists wanted us to do all along.
- The Great War makes no pretensions of being anything more than it is. Many paintings attempt to engage the viewer by including numerous elements of symbolism to expand the texture & vocabulary of the painting, so that 'the narrative' that the painting is attempting to reveal, transcends the delimiters of the canvas & pigments. The Great War is instead; A Man & an Apple. Nothing more. As such: When the viewer attempts to 'decypher' this work, they are met with only what they are seeing, in a manner that is wholly unexpected, causing their minds & vision to expand proportionately, filling all available space in the cranium's.
- The Ultimate functionality of Painting, & by extension: The Source of It's Validity as a Tool of Wingless Angels, ( Humanimals ) Is to be something that compliments the emptiness of Man's hamster filled bladder on any given Chrstmsa morning.
- The Great War is this; & all their accompanying footnotes.
The Great War