Famine By Rene Magritte And An Irish Peasant Family Essay

1408 Words Oct 16th, 2016 6 Pages
What is famine? According to dictionary.com it is “extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area”. Famine takes place in the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The black horse rider represents Famine. The rider carried a balance weight on his horse to represent bread during famine. “When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine” ( Revelation 6:5-6). The two paintings “The Famine” by Rene Magritte and “An Irish Peasant Family Discovering the Blight of Their Store” by Daniel Macdonald are both paintings of which associate with ‘famine’.
Rene Magritte quoted: “"My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean? ' It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable"” (Magritte, MoMa Learning). His painting ‘La Famine’ stuck out to me because it really illustrates famine. Five characters are so starving that they eat each other. It is a shocking painting. These characters have light skin, red big noses, and huge red mouths. They stand in a line eating each other with a…

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