Ceci nest pas une pipe

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The well-worn surrealist trick question of art & the perception of reality.
English translation is “This is not a pipe.”

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    17 Responses to Ceci nest pas une pipe

    1. I remember this one from way back, wow that art history class wasnt totally worthless.

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    2. I don’t get it. Looks like a pipe to me.

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    3. Its not a pipe its merely a picture of a pipe! ?

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    4. Shenanigans… I don’t think so.

      In french slang, Canadian and France french that is, une pipe is a blow job.
      So basicaly, you could say that the picture is saying “that is not a blow job”.

      I’m fully biligual in French and english if your wondering fyi.

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    5. The kitsch! it burns!

      @Henghast and dhg4983 and CJFreeze, in no particular order: Precisely Margit’s point: it is a picture, not the thing. Previously, depictions in art were taken more literally. I think the blow job slang term post-dates this image by some decades.

      Unfortunately, surrealism such as this is a one or two trick pony. It has limited irony.

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    6. i remember seeing this and not knowing french.
      i always thought it was an existential piece, as i read it as “This is a pipe”
      my bad.

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    7. Damn French! Should have bombed them along with the Germans!

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    8. @Henghast: lies its a bunch of bytes on the internet about a poster/picture of a picture of a pipe

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    9. @Timmay72: The germans did that themself, didn’t stick.

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    10. @American Perv

      no shit dumbass, thanks for the explanation i didnt need

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    12. I love the version I saw over at SomethingAwful where is was the Deathstar and it said “ceci n’est pas le lune” or This is not the moon.

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    13. also,
      This conversation isn’t a bunch of bytes on the internet, it’s actually in in your head.

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    14. I’m pretty sure that IS a pipe. The kind that I smoke while receiving oral pleasure from multiple women at once.

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    15. @CJFreeze: *YOU’RE* not quite fully fluent, are you?

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