"Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space (...)"
The breaking of every social and artistic convention in the beginning of the 20th century paved the inherited place we live in today. Modernism, they called it. An explosion of innovation, a thirst to bend and break the dogmas of society and surpass the "self".
Art was reborn and depicted through a canvas of infinite possibilities, and though the artist transformed art, they were also transformed by it.
The very concept of art not only changed but infected society, and art became a way of life, in every aspect of life.
Speaking of concept, what better example than The Treachery of Images by René Magritte.
Magritte himself is said to have commented: "The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe,' I'd have been lying!"
Magritte challenged not only language, but shattered the abstract and built up notion of a pipe. He amazed and confused people by representing something considered vulgar and obvious of it's use, and dared others to question it before letting themselves be blurred by conceptualization.
by Catherine Santos