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Ekphrasis in Magritte and Verne: Voyages extraordinaires to the Center of Art

Ekphrasis in Magritte and Verne: Voyages extraordinaires to the Center of Art Ben Stoltz Fu S Ekphrasis in Magritte and Verne Voyages extraordinaires to the Center of Art René Magritte has said that Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864; Voyage au centre de la terre), was one of his favorite novels. Although none of Magritte’s paintings bears that title—unlike, for example, Les Fleurs du mal, named ae ft r Baudelaire’s famous book of poems—Magritte did paint several pictures that he titled Memory of a Journey (Souvenir de voyage) and one ente Th itl H ed aunted Castle (La Château han )—p té aintings that, in die ff rent ways, illustrate Verne’s novel. Illustrating books, however, except for rare examples such as Les Chants de Mal- doror by Lautréamont, was not on Magritte’s agenda. When he names a painting, using the title of a novel, it is more oe ft n than not, an ironic departure or oblique commentary on the work. With the above examples in mind, I will examine some of Verne’s Voyages ex- traordinaires,1 that directly or indirectly inspired Magritte’s titles, in order to look at the linguistic and artistic an ffi ities of the two artists. But r fi st, a few words about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Ekphrasis in Magritte and Verne: Voyages extraordinaires to the Center of Art

The Comparatist , Volume 35 – Jun 15, 2011

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Abstract

Ben Stoltz Fu S Ekphrasis in Magritte and Verne Voyages extraordinaires to the Center of Art René Magritte has said that Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864; Voyage au centre de la terre), was one of his favorite novels. Although none of Magritte’s paintings bears that title—unlike, for example, Les Fleurs du mal, named ae ft r Baudelaire’s famous book of poems—Magritte did paint several pictures that he titled Memory of a Journey (Souvenir de voyage) and one ente Th itl H ed aunted Castle (La Château han )—p té aintings that, in die ff rent ways, illustrate Verne’s novel. Illustrating books, however, except for rare examples such as Les Chants de Mal- doror by Lautréamont, was not on Magritte’s agenda. When he names a painting, using the title of a novel, it is more oe ft n than not, an ironic departure or oblique commentary on the work. With the above examples in mind, I will examine some of Verne’s Voyages ex- traordinaires,1 that directly or indirectly inspired Magritte’s titles, in order to look at the linguistic and artistic an ffi ities of the two artists. But r fi st, a few words about

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Published: Jun 15, 2011

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