Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Le Drapeau Noir (1937)

René Magritte's most noteworthy "flag" painting is Le Drapeu Noir (1937), which the artist realized after 28 German planes bombed the Spanish Republican town of Guernica, killing between 250 and 1,600 people.

In a 1946 letter to André Breton, Magritte said that his painting "gave a foretaste of the terror which would come from flying machines, and I am not proud of it."

Looking at Magritte's "flags" today, I see neither flags nor planes but drones.

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