Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Is Not a Jace

Quick Art History lesson. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist painter working throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Much of his work is distinguishable by strange men in bowler hats.

The Son of Man, 1964.

One of Margitte's most famous paintings however, doesn't feature any of these portraits. The Treachery of Images depicts a pipe with the French phrase, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" translating to, "This is not a pipe." Indeed, it's merely an image of a pipe.

The Treachery of Images, 1928-29.

I've always loved Magritte's paintings and for a while I've been looking for the opportunity to create an alter inspired by him. So when Max Sjöblom, of Pro Tour Top 8 fame, asked me to do some artist-inspired alters - I knew I had my chance. Meet Magritte Jace:

Truly, this is not a Jace.


  1. Or rather, "Truly, this is not Jace!"

  2. Is there anything you CAN'T paint?

  3. Thank God for all of my 100-level art courses in college; I can understand all of these references a bit better. I bet there's a perfect card out there to recreate Golconde with ... Now, to find it!

  4. This is one of my favorite pieces of yours. Excellent work.

  5. Umm, hate to break it to you, but une is the feminine form. It should read 'Ceci n'est pas un Jace'. Unless Jace secretly has ladybits, in which case you were right.

    Otherwise, nice work as always. Just felt the need to point that out.

  6. only one issue une is feminine un is masculine...