Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Does this figure look like a sculpture? Like a real person? Both at the same time?
  • Is this a painting of a painting? What makes you think so? Is it a painting of a sculpture? What makes you think so?
  • How does this sense of being two opposite things at the same time make you feel? Can you "think" two opposite things at the same time?
  • Magritte has written about the nature of light in relation to this painting. He points out that light only exists when objects receive it. "Without matter, light is invisible...In The Light of Coincidences...is appear that the illuminated object gives life to the light." Do you think this works? Why or why not?