Rene Magritte’s 'apple with a mask' became a series of4/7/2021, 10:38:56 AM
Rene Magritte’s 'apple with a mask' became a series of paintings between 1950 to 1961. In 'The Married Priest' the artist presents us with an image of two apples that, under ordinary circumstances, appear rather academic, predictable and even a bit comforting as a familiar image that we perceive as unremarkable in every way. However, these are very different sorts of apple. Each is adorned with simple masks, the kind one finds in costume shops. These masks suggest apples with a bit more animé than might be expected from edible fruit. These apples are challenging and dramatic. The apples with leafy stems wear mask and, by doing so, appear as 'animated inanimate objects' with distinctly human qualities. A common motif throughout Magritte’s work, the apples seem with a sense of liveliness and personality, placed in a new and unexpected context by the artist. While a mask is usually worn to hide one’s identity, it here appears to give an identity to the subjects. Thet look like gazing out at us despite the fact that, they do not have any eyes. Magritte likely drew the title from Barbey d’Aureville’s book Le Prêtre Marié, though the significance of the title in relationship to this work is up to one’s own interpretation. A married priest would defy the laws of religion just as a masked apple appears to defy the nature of the apple itself; fruit is not supposed to have “human” characteristics, yet the apples appear very much alive in this work. 🍏🍏 The following pictures are 'La Valse Hésitation' (1950) and 'Souvenir de voyage' (1961) from this 'apple with a mask' series.