The 1929 painting ‘Treachery of Images’, by surrealist artist René Magritte, marked a watershed moment in conceptual art, and indeed semiotics. His seminal image of a pipe famously pointed out that the two-dimensional representation before us was, in its artifice, not a pipe at all; and with it opened the doors to countless other creative explorations of all that art and language cannot be or say. Cultural references don’t come much better than this. So, as Christmas creeps towards us on the back of the autumnal evenings, and that interminable questions sets in – What to buy the sharp-as-a-knife woman in our life? – how about, this year, a wearable piece of iconic 20th-century art.
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