One of the most famous images from the Dada period of art and literature comes from the brush of the Belgian painter René Magritte:
As you see, it’s a painting of a pipe, with the words written on it, Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
This is Not a Pipe
Absurd? Well, absurdity was the heart and soul of Dada. But it is, of course, a literal statement of fact: This is a painting. It is simply a painted image. No matter how much it LOOKS like a pipe, this is not a pipe. It is a painting.
Either the joke leaves you cold, or it delights you, as it does me, with its literal absurdity, its absurd literalness. So when I took a picture of my living room wall one afternoon and saw on the computer how it had come out, I was tickled. My very own Magritte!
If I knew how to put lettering right onto the image, I would do so — But as it is, I must content myself with captioning it:
Because the joke, of course, is that the wall is white. What trick of the afternoon light washed it with color? I have no idea. But take my word for it: This Wall is White.