Rene Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. Magritte’s work frequently displays a collection of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. Contemporary artists have been greatly influenced by René Magritte’s stimulating examination of the fickleness of images.
Some artists who have been influenced by Magritte’s works include John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Jan Verdoodt, Martin Kippenberger, Duane Michals and Storm Thorgerson. Some of the artists’ works integrate direct references and others offer contemporary viewpoints on his abstract fixations.