Like a lot of people, I’m not such a big Drake fan. So while watching the videos from Béyonce’s surprise new album each morning for the past week, I have been skipping “Mine,” the track on which Drizzy guests.
What a mistake! This morning I gave the video a whirl and was thrilled to find that its director, Pierre Debusschere, worked in a massive Magritte reference. About midway through we get a man and a woman wearing fabric over their heads and kissing, just like the couple in the Belgian painter’s 1928 painting The Lovers, which is on view in MoMA’s Magritte survey.
Naturally a quick Google search reveals that the kids on Tumblr noticed this pretty much immediately, so credit where credit is due.
Magritte made another painting of a very similar subject with the same title that is in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The couple in that one is posing before a verdant landscape, looking out at the viewer. (It’s pictured to the right.) It’s kind of more terrifying, yeah? Little bit of a Ku Klux Klan feel.
Anyway, the preview for the “Mine” video doesn’t have the Magritte moment, so you’ll have to download the album, which you should have done already.