Decorative statue representing the Surrealist painting of Magritte representing The Collective Invention”. © Fondation Magritte / C. Herscovici L’invention Collective” (1934)
The collective invention depicts a fish merged with a woman’s legs stranded on the beach. This is mockery of the traditional mermaid. Magritte’s painting strips away the beauty and mystery surrounding the mermaid. He removed the beauty by using the opposites.
Also the fish is stranded thus removing all the elegance of the mermaid, a fish out of water. This is a stark opposite to mermaids or sirens who in myths would lure men into the sea with their beauty.
Size: 1.5″H x 6″W
Material: resin, color details
Weight (lbs): 0.5, Ship wt: 2 lbs
Magritte was a painter of ideas; a painter of visible thoughts, rather than of subjects. He valued neither lyrical nor the abstraction. He described his paintings saying, My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “˜What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”