Readers of Devil King Kun already knew this, but it turns out that René Magritte, far from being a “surrealist” as he is usually described, was a mere documentarian. His Château des Pyrenées, for example, was painted from life with almost photographic accuracy, because in the Iberian peninsula, rocks regularly do that. As proof, here is an unretouched screenshot from Google Street View in Gibraltar:

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It is also true that, in Belgium, people of more traditional tastes do regularly walk around with apples hovering in front of their faces, and some older houses still have troubles with steam locomotives occasionally bursting out of the fireplace.