Google redesign logo to celebrate artist's life
Friday 21 November 2008
Google have temporarily redesigned their logo to incorporate elements of work by the artist Rene Magritte.
Today would have been the 110th birthday of the Belgium surrealist and to celebrate, Google have merged the iconic works The Son of the Man and Golkonga, to create a suitably dreamlike logo of their own.
While Google regularly change their masthead, most redesigns are to commemorate public events and holidays.
Rene Magritte was born in Lessines, western Belgium on November 21 1898, and is well-known for his humorous, thought-provoking paintings - many of which incorporated aspects of pop culture long before Andy Warhol.
Arguably his most important work is The Treachery of Images, a simple advertisement-style painting of a pipe. Beneath the object are the words Ceci n'est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe) – a paradox which spawned hundreds of imitators.
tv Jenny Lee may have left, but Miranda Hart and the rest of the midwives deliver the goods
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview finally gets US release after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader