The picture shows a pipe that looks as though it might come from a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is not a pipe), which seems a contradiction but is actually true. The painting is not a pipe, but rather an image of a pipe. As Magritte himself commented: "The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture ‘This is a pipe,’ I’d have been lying!" (cited in Harry Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, p. 71.)
Magritte extends the style and effect in his 1930 painting The Key of Dreams.
In Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, the painting is used as an introduction to the second chapter. McCloud points out that not only is the version that appears in his book not a pipe; it is several printed copies of a drawing of a painting of a pipe.
"Magritte and contemporary art: the treachery of images"; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.( Michael Govan, Stephanie Barron, and John Baldessari)
Feb 01, 2007; Suzi Gablik, author of a key English-language study of Rene Magritte, noted that the Belgian master was a "son of boredom."...