Cushion | Ceci n’est pas une pipe – Magritte
Better known as Ceci n’est pas une pipe, fully woven cushion. It is on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
This surrealist work by the artist René Magritte, Belgian painter, is transposed into a cushion by the Jules Pansu house. Weaver since 1878, the fifth generation has been pursuing the art of jacquard weaving in its workshops located in the north of France. This cotton cushion cover is available in 2 colors and will blend in with your interior.
Zipped cover delivered without padding.
Cushion cover – Ceci n’est pas une pipe by Jules Pansu
- Jacquard tapestry front
- Brushed cotton back
95% Cotton 5% Polyester
In 2010, the house of Jules Pansu, creator and manufacturer since 1878, designed a first painter’s collection from the works of René Magritte selected with the agreement of the Magritte Estate. The collection is inspired by the creative office of Jules Pansu and accompanied by the know-how of weavers “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in his workshop.
Labeled “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant”, the French heritage dimension of the Jules Pansu house, combined with the international notoriety of the artist Pablo Picasso, made the collection an immediate success.
Easily the most celebrated Belgian artist of the twentieth century, Surrealist Rene Magritte is world renowned for his mysterious paintings and idiosyncratic juxtapositions. Born the eldest of three brothers in Lessines, Magritte began his fine art career after studying at Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and finishing his obligatory military service in 1922. Taking up a job as a draughtsman at a wallpaper factory, Magritte soon began to pick up freelance design jobs, influenced by the work of Giorgio de Chirico. In the late 1920s he lived in Paris and began to forge strong connections with André Breton’s circle of Surrealists, including Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. It was in Paris that Magritte began experimenting with language, interjecting phrases, text and semantics into his illustrative paintings.
His provocative combination of text and object is exemplified in his iconic 1929 work, The Treachery of Images, which depicts a wooden smoking pipe along with the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” The paradox in this work encourage viewers to question the “reality” created by images, emphasized by Magritte’s deadpan style. Like many of his Surrealist counterparts, the artist was deeply influenced by Freudian psychoanalysis, particularly the assigned significance of objects. Through his oeuvre, several reoccurring object motifs can be discerned including the pipe, the bowler hat, the shroud, and the apple.
Magritte’s work was widely influential during his lifetime and after his death in 1967. Over the last few years of his life, he was the subject of six major retrospectives, and was cited by many contemporary artists as a major influence, including Andy Warhol and Martin Kippenberger. In 2009 The Magritte Museum opened in Brussels, and is the largest archive of the artist’s work in the world, including pieces donated from Irene Hamoir Scutenaire, Margitte’s primary collector, and Georgette Magritte, his widow. His paintings are housed in the collections of institutions worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, and the Tate Gallery, London, England.
Cushion Ceci n’est pas une pipe