Rene Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images” was painted in 1928.
Magritte: “The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I’d have been lying!”
Ah, the insight of physical versus imagined.
Turns out Hazel Grace wears a Magritte shirt in the book The Fault in our Stars. As if that relationship with Augustus Waters couldn’t get hotter, we bring in surrealism and BOOM.