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The visible thought in René Magritte: titles, works and writings beneath a psychoanalytic view

Grant number: 13/18532-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2014
Effective date (End): November 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Art Fundamentals and Criticism
Principal Investigator:Gustavo Henrique Dionisio
Grantee:Alan Ricardo Floriano Bigeli
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


There are many analyzes, comments and criticisms that focus on the artistic work of the Belgian painter, René Magritte. However, what ends up in the background in many of these studies is the written material produced by the artist. Thus, this study aims to examine part of this material, through the titles of his paintings, in dialogue with the implicit psychoanalysis in the written work of Magritte; which material includes his thoughts transcribed, interviews and his claims about his paintings, as well as his ideas about the poetic of the titles of those respective screens and even his impressions of painting. In this instance, in order to analyze this material, a method of application of psychoanalysis, when performing this work, would not be the most recommended, since this possibly makes simplistic the impressions obtained by one side or laden with many theories, by another. Thus, the methodological procedure to be used is seeking the involvement of psychoanalysis with the object. It is noteworthy that the procedure of implicated psychoanalysis is based on provocation that art has on viewer's subjectivity. Therefore, this research aims to produce a reflection on the titles of the Magritte's paintings, based on his writings, on the one hand, and his paintings, on the other. (AU)

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