We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; and quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.
René Magritte, The Treachery (or Perfidy) of Images, 1928-1929. Oil on canvas, 1’ 11 5/8” x 3’ 1”.
The discrepancy between Magritte’s meticulously painted briar pipe and his caption, “This is not a pipe,” challenges the viewer’s reliance on the conscious and rational in the reading of visual art.