The Wonders of Nature (Les Merveilles de la nature), 1953

Title

The Wonders of Nature (Les Merveilles de la nature), 1953

Subject

The Wonders of Nature (Les Merveilles de la nature), 1953

Description

This painting by Magritte, who is one of the most well-known and influential surrealists, deals with body image and identity. As we are connecting novels to higher art forms, this particular piece made me think of Orlando by Virginia Woolf. One cannot actually tell if the fish people are male or female, though it is likely there is one male and one female, but regardless of this, they appear to be in love. Orlando deals with the importance of gender in being a part of the human experience, so these two seemed very linked.

Creator

René Magritte

Date

1953

Rights

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago: Gifted by Joseph and Jory Shapiro, 1982

Format

Oil on canvas

Original Format

oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

77.5 x 98.1 cm

Collection

Citation

René Magritte, “The Wonders of Nature (Les Merveilles de la nature), 1953,” Surrealism in 20th Century Britain, accessed October 22, 2017, http://atimeline.omeka.net/items/show/9.