By Michel Foucault
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2. The size of Ceci n 'est pas une p ipe makes this advent the inaccurate position to regard the main points of Magritte 's existence and profession greater than in short . For additional details, the easiest English resource is Magritte b y Suzi Gablik (Greenwich, Conn . : ny picture Society , 1 971 ) . Harry M. Torczyner's Magritte: rules and pictures (New York: Abrams, 1 977) is a wonderful anthology of either plates and first records (letters, and so on . ) for the intense Magritte student. three. Bernard N oel , Magritte (New York: Crown guides, Inc . ) , p . seventy nine. four. Michel Foucault, The Order of items , a translation of Les Mots et les choses (New York: Pantheon, 1 nine 7 zero) , p. forty eight. five. Ibid . , pp. 36-37. 6. Ib identity . , p . nine . 7. T w o problems come up the following . O n e stems fro m Magritte 's personal hugely idiosyncratic use of the time period resem blant , " similar to . " whereas the painter observed the trouble and expressed convinced reserva tions (see the 1st letter to Foucault) , he sincerely understood and recommended the excellence Foucault used to be drawin g . the opposite con fusion arises fro m the observe similitude . it may possibly most sensible be translated as " likeness , " "similarity , " or perhap s " a likeness . " Un thankfully, within the Order of Things-a paintings whose relation to Ceci n 'est pas une p ip e is sort of intimate-similitude has been trans posed unchanged. it's not that i am keen on similitude = "similitude, " yet fo r the sake of consistency i've got long gone alo n g . eight. within the heritage of Sexu a lity, quantity I , for instance, Robert Hurley' s translation solely omits the a number of resonances and references to Alice in ' Wonderland . Notes to Pages 60 1 5-3 1 1 . Pipes 1. Lefon de choses , actually " l esson of items . " An allusion to the name of a 1 947 Magritte canvas, in addition to a 1 960 movie approximately magazine ritte made by way of Luc de Heusch. Magritte additionally wrote an essay to which he gave the titl e . 2. " D awn at t h e E n d s of t h e Earth , " t h e identify of a b o o ok with illustrations via Magritte. A ctually, Magritte ' s pipe and its wry subscript seem in an entire sequence of work and drawing s . there's additionally a pun o n t h e note aube , which c a n suggest both "dawn" o r "float . " three. "The Wrestlers ' Tomb . " four. "The conflict of the Argonne. " 2. 1. The Unraveled Calli gram A n untranslatable pun. Le "nom d 'une p ip e " is a delicate o r euphe mistic oath at the order of " for Pete ' s sake" while substituted for " fo r God's sake . " within the previous comment , Foucault ' s element is that the slang expression has entered speech so integrally as to develop into idiomatic, with audio system utilizing it with out consciously attendin g its l iteral meanin g . 2. A p o e m whose phrases a r e prepared i n such style a s to fo r m an image o f i t s "topic , " t h e calligram is linked heavily with Apollinaire-who used to be, actually, one among Magritte's favourite writers . within the surprise of the recent , Robert Hughes speculates that magazine ritte ' s pipe w a s painted a s a " riposte" to Le Corbusier, w h o h a d in 1 923 held up the picture o f a pipe as a picture o f natural functionalism .