Taking the Magrittean Disavowal at face value

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:


In Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, the text disavows the image — see this recent posting on Magrittean Disavowals — so you have the choice of trusting the image (in which case, the text is false) or trusting the text (in which case, the image is counterfeit). Hilary Price’s buyer makes the second choice, so since he was looking for a picture of a pipe — don’t ask why, people’s desires are sometimes inscrutable — he’s returning what he believes to be a picture of a non-pipe.

And, yes, with a Rockwell, he’d never have gotten into a fix like this. He could have bought Rockwell’s painting Pipe:


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