Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971, lilacs, c 1968, 24 x 34 inches.
In works of fantasy or surrealist art the supernatural is usually immediately obvious, but in Magic Realsim a dream-like or mythic dimension is only subtly implied within a realist framework.
Formalist qualities such as the centrally placed figure, simplified repeated forms, and the roof lines converging at the point of interest, where the flower is being plucked, produce a kind of dream-like, surreal or magic realist effect. They are a little too synchronistic to be true.
The subject is apparently mundane, but the formality, and stage-like lighting, suggest an event of mythic importance or something occurring in a dream, the significance of which escapes the conscious mind.
A touch of Magic Realism can give a landscape a fascinating edginess.