Man with a Newspaper by René Magritte, 1928. Oil on canvas, 45½ x 32 inches. Tate Collection, London, England.
Magritte’s disconcertingly deadpan style is seen clearly in these four simply painted scenes, which seem to be indistinguishable apart from the disappearance of the man of the title. They were based on an illustration in a popular health manual. There are slight changes of perspective between the four panels, which add to the disquieting effect, and may relate to the displacement of images in early 3-D viewing devices.