Unlike the French Surrealists of his era, who were dedicated to exploring the unconscious mind, Magritte aimed to expand conscious understanding of reality by presenting utterly improbable tableaux. A meticulous, skillful technician, Magritte is noted for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition of ordinary objects or an unusual context that gives new meaning to familiar things. The artist was the prime exponent of this style, which is frequently termed magic realism. In addition to displaying fantastic elements, Magritte's work is often witty and amusing.
A prolific painter, Magritte created more than 1000 canvases over the course of his 50-year career.