"Somewhere in that lucid dream between the mushroom kingdom and subcon... a surreality of pipes, plants, airships, dinosaurs, talking fungi, combustible flowers and flying turtles..."
All you artistically inclined gamers out there, get ready for your new Tumblr obsession. It's called SuperMagritte, and it turns Rene Magritte's surrealist masterpieces into 8-bit artworks. Call it virtual surreality!
"Racoonda" based on “Golconde (Golconda)" 1953
The man behind the glorious internet gem, who goes by the name Breshvic, explained his motivations in an email to The Huffington Post.
"I thought people were missing the rich vein of similarity between the surrealists and those early games. Mario's world is inhabited by anthropomorphic turtles, dragons, mushroom people, dinosaurs, plant and fungi-life that imbues magical powers... really weird, imaginative stuff that we now just accept. But people played them because it's like escaping into a fantastic dream! You can walk on smiling clouds. Leaves let you become raccoons. The sun is out to get you."
Check them out the creative video game/art world mashups below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
"Bullet Bill Transfixed" based on “La Durée Poignardée (Time Transfixed)" 1938
"The Chompy Condition" based on “La Condition Humaine (The Human Condition)" 1935
"Memory of a Warp" based on “Souvenir de Voyage (Memory of a Journey)" 1958
“The Shy Waltz” based on “La Valse Hesitation (The Hesitation Waltz)” 1952
"Lakitu Ideas" based on “Les Idées Claires (Clear Ideas)" 1958
Is this your new favorite art history-inspired Tumblr? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.