René MAGRITTE

René Magritte was born in Lessines on 21 November 1898. In 1925-1926, he discovered a reproduction of Giorgio de Chirico's "Chant d'amour" (1914) which upset him and challenged his conception of painting. In January 1926, he signed a four-year contract with P.-G. Van Hecke and the new gallery "Le Centaure". During this period, he produced 280 oil paintings, representing almost a quarter of his pictorial work. During this period, a Belgian surrealist group is formed. This group included Camille Goemans, Marcel Lecomte, René Magritte and E.L.T. among others. Mesens, Louis Scutenaire, Irène Hamoir, Paul Nougé and André souris. In 1927, Magritte met Louis Scutenaire. A deep friendship will unite them for forty years. Magritte and Georgette moved to France, where they regularly frequented the Parisian surrealist group. Between 1930 and 1933, when he was kept away from the surrealist demonstrations and quarrelled with André Breton, Magritte returned to Brussels. He painted "elective affinities" that radically transformed the nature of his work. He replaces surrealist chance encounters with the very logical approach of an egg locked in a cage. In 1938 Magritte gave his lecture "The Lifeline" at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In it, he set out a reasoned approach to solving "problems". In 1954, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels organised the first major retrospective of his work. In 1957, Magritte met Harry Torczyner, who not only became his friend and legal advisor, but also a collector of his work and the author of a monograph on him. In 1965, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) devoted a major retrospective to him. On August 15, 1967, Magritte died at the age of sixty-nine, after leading a quiet life during which he painted several hundred fantastic and poetic paintings that are exhibited all over the world.

SELECTED WORK

René Magritte et "L'aimable vérité" (1966)

25 x 24.5 cm

photo n/b par "Lui"

1966

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René Magritte se donnant un coup de chapeau. (Bruxelles)

38.8 x 29.2 cm

Photo n/b Ch. Gibey

1965

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René Magritte

19.4 x 25.4 cm

photo n/b par Duane Michals

1965

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Magritte costumé en Magritte, Bruxelles

29.3 x 39.2 cm

Photo n/b

1965

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René et Georgette Magritte, Rue des Mimosas, Bruxelles

24 x 12.3 cm

photo n/b, planche contact, par Shunk- Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René et Georgette Magritte, Rue des Mimosas, Bruxelles

30.5 x 22.5 cm

photo n/b, planche contact, par Shunk- Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte et "Les Goûts et les Couleurs" (1962) à la Galerie Iolas, Paris

24 x 18.3 cm

photo n/b

1964

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René Magritte et "La Légende des Siècles" (1950), Bruxelles

22.8 x 20 cm

photo n/b I.Shenker

1953

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La Lectrice soumise

9.7 x 7.5 cm

photo n/b

1928

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René Magritte, Rue des Mimosas, Bruxelles

24 x 18.4 cm

photo n/b, par Shunk-Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte, Rue des Mimosas, Bruxelles

23.9 x 18 cm

photo n/b, par Shunk-Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte, Rue des Mimosas, Bruxelles

23.9 x 18 cm

photo n/b, par Shunk-Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte et son double dans le miroir

23.8 x 18.2 cm

photo n/b S.Kender Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte assis devant "Les deux mystères"(1966) en cours de réalisation

30 x 40 cm

photo n/b D.Frasnay Paris

1967

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René Magritte et "Le Paysage de Baucis" (1966)

30 x 22 cm

photo n/b par "Lui"

1966

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René Magritte

18.2 x 24 cm

photo n/b, planche contact, par Shunk- Kender, Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte et "Les Provinciales" (1948)

8.8 x 6.2 cm

photo n/b G.Thiry bords dentelés

1955

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René Magritte posant avec "La Ressemblance" (partie de "L'évidence éternelle" (1954))

14.2 x 10.4 cm

photo n/b Shunk-Kender Paris

1962-1964

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René Magritte et "Schéhérazade" (1950), Bruxelles

24.1 x 19 cm

photo n/b

1953

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René Magritte peignant "Souvenir de Voyage" (1955)

9 x 6.2 cm

Photo n/b

1955

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