Perhaps the greatest goal of any artist is to present the viewer with a new perspective, or an unusual way of looking at a mundane subject, thus subverting their preconceived notions. Belgian surrealist René Magritte is an undisputed master at this. He utilized simple lines, muted colours, and everyday matter, and then juxtaposed them in absurd fashion to create something extraordinary. Much like contemporaries Dalí and Escher, Magritte sought to challenge established ideas in art about what was real and what is merely illusion. His artwork is at once atmospheric and intellectual. The imagery he created is unmistakably his own and full of quirky oddities which seem quite out of place within their environments… much like people themselves.