Roger Cohen's opinion piece in today's International Herald Tribune about Belgium (What crisis in Belgium?; December 17, 2007 http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/16/opinion/edcohen.php) state's that the Belgian artist Margritte is famous for his painting of an apple, on which he wrote: 'This not an apple'.
A Belgian reader (who appears to be the very teacher quoted in the article, Gerrit Six) points out that although Margritte did paint apples, there is no such painting as 'This is not an apple'.
In a posting on http://www.sixlog.be/2007/12/ceci-nest-pas-le-herald-tribune/ entitled 'Ceci n’est pas le Herald Tribune' Gerrit Six wrote:
"I am sorry for your journalist writing about the Belgian crisis. Magritte has painted apples but the painting ‘ this is not an apple’ doesn’t exist. He certainly is referring to ‘ ceci n’est pas une pipe’, the painting with a stylish pipe that you of course cannot smoke since it is a painting. Unless American readers have become so puritan that even the slightest reference to pipe (in french it can be usedfor a b-job) is not done. Hope they have not. "
It turns out however (see the comments below) that in fact there IS a painting by Magritte with 'This is not an apple' written on it, and Gerrit is VERY sorry for suggesting Roger Cohen and the IHT got it wrong. Proof positive of the reliability of MSM over bloggers? Even those ones interviewed by Mr. Cohen.
Personally I'm off to check-out Magritte.