The Mysteries of the Horizon

The Mysteries of the Horizon
Artist René Magritte
Year 1955
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 19.69 in × 25.59 in
50 cm × 65 cm
René Magritte Famous Paintings
The Son of Man, 1964
The Treachery of Images, 1928–29
The Human Condition, 1933
Golconda, 1953
The Listening Room, 1952
The False Mirror, 1928
Elective Affinities, 1933
The Mysteries of the Horizon, 1955
The Empty Mask, 1928
Complete Works

The Mysteries of the Horizon is one of the famous masterpieces of renowned painter, René Magritte. Created in 1955 in Brussels, Belgium, the surreal painting displays realistic figures in a surreal light. Known as a contemporary art genius, this art piece is still talked about today.

Style and Technique

As a noted surrealist painter, Magritte used his skill set to create a visually interesting piece of art. The oil on canvas painting depicts three men all dressed alike. Yet, they seem to be existing in their own reality. There are deep blues, midnight blacks and specks of light that can be seen in the background. As the men turn in various directions, it is hard for the viewer to determine where one man’s sky begins and the other man’s sky ends. The keen detail to their coke hats and long trench coats draws the eye to the unusual view of many moons. The oil paints are used in a simple stroke and the images are drawn with a clean style.

Magritte’s painting is one of his most recognizable works. It became very popular in the 1960s as it was used on the cover of a few albums along with some of his other pieces. The idea of sharing space and being apart is one that gives this painting its unique modern feel.

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