Presumably the most famous pipe in 20th century has a caption associated with it, “Ceci n'est pas une pipe”, the artist, Margritte has justified the statement by saying “it is not a pipe; it is an image of pipe, try filling it up with tobacco”. Margritte, I think was trying to make a point that no matter how realistic your paintings or portrayals are, they can never really be “real”. Quite profound thought I must say; a thought which can be so easily experienced and tested by almost all of us in our day to day lives.
It also underlines another famous and cliché quote “Looks can be deceiving”, so next time when you get swept off your feet by someone or a thing, just hold on a second and remind yourself “Ceci n'est pas une pipe” which will allow you to take a moment and try looking through obviously charming exteriors!!