What would you say was the genre for the following works of Rene Magritte? Time Transfixed This Is Not A Pipe The Lovers The Large Family The Listening Room. Would you say the style is absract for these painings? (Or if not, what do you think it is) What is the subject matter in each? I just need everyone's opinions on this. Thanks… By the way, in my first question, I mean genre as in landscape, still-life, etc. And so today I found out that… Magritte is most generally associated with the Surrealist movement however during his life he painted numerous styles and genres. Ren Magritte was a Belgian-born artist who painted in the Surrealist style. When a young child, his beloved mother committed suicide by leaping from a bridge in the dead of night and drowning herself. When young Ren awoke and realized she was not in the room they shared, he woke his family and they set out to search for her. They found her body floating in the stream with her face covered with her nightgown. The influence this had on his art becomes apparent in the many works in which he painted his subjects' faces covered with cloth. One such painting is The Lovers. Ren Magritte was an artist who took mundane objects, pulled them through his imagination and forced them out the other side in such unreal combinations and relationships that they could cause the viewer to question the very nature of reality. Magritte's earliest paintings, which date from about 1915, were I'mpressionistic in style.  From 1916 to 1918 he studied at the Acadmie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, but found the instruction uninspiring. The paintings he produced during the years 19181924 were influenced by Futurism and by the offshoot of Cubism practiced by Metzinger.  Most of his works of this period are female nudes. In 1926, Magritte produced his first surreal painting, The Lost Jockey (Le jockey perdu), and held his first exhibition in Brussels in 1927. Critics heaped abuse on the exhibition. Depressed by the failure, he moved to Paris where he became friends with Andr Breton, and became involved in the surrealist group. During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II he remained in Brussels, which led to a break with Breton. He briefly adopted a colorful, painterly style in 194344, an interlude known as his "Renoir Period", as a reaction to his feelings of alienation and abandonment that came with living in German occupied Belgium. In 1946, renouncing the violence and pessimism of his earlier work, he joined several other Belgian artists in signing the manifesto Surrealism in Full Sunlight.  During 194748Magritte's "Vache Period"he painted in a provocative and crude Fauve style. Popular interest in Magritte's work rose considerably in the 1960s, and his imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. If you look up the date the paintings in question were done you will be able to see under which style it was painted.