Towards a Nice, Steady Bourgeois Life, painting of a bourgois style house atop stacked stones, art about couple marriage, art of rene magritte, art with boat rowboat, painting with castle, art of italian lake island, art about security comfort, safety, home, risk, love, play, imagination, water, island, sky, happy, happiness, joy, stones, balance, stacked rocks, positive, soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

When the surrealist painter, Rene Magritte was being interviewed about his early career, he shared a story that became the inspiration for this painting. He took a very short-lived job in a wallpaper factory. The reason being, he said, was “to make Georgette as happy as possible in the calm of a nice steady bourgeois life”. Fortunately, he escaped that mental limitation and went on to become one the 20th century’s most iconic artists. But it made me wonder how many of us sacrifice the risk of following the call of our heart’s desires for comfort and security. Only to reach the end of our lives and perhaps find that we never fully lived.

Towards a Nice, Steady Bourgeois Life

28 x 24 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection