Rene Magritte Gallery

01.12.11: All Images © Estate of Rene Magritte

Header Painting: The Empire of Light, II, 1950. Oil on canvas. 78.8 x 99.1 cm (31 x 39 in.). Gift of D. and J. de Menil. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
© Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011

Rene Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist painter who was trained in Brussels and travelled in France, Britain, Germany and Holland. He lived near Paris, 1927 and came into contact with the French Surrealist movement, although he painted some Impressionist-style pictures during World War 11. He later lived in Brussels and painted murals for Belgian public buildings. His pale and dryly painted works have a dream-like clarity, with, frequently, an unexpected wittiness. They often have nude women, sometimes accompanied by men in bowler hats, and similar incongruities.

There are examples in Brussels, Cardiff, Charleroi, Chicago, Edinburgh, London (Tate), Los Angeles, New York (M ofMA) and Paris (Mus. d'Art Mod.).

  • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)

    04.05.14: Gallery Text

    The Belgian painter René Magritte (1898-1967) was one of the outstanding--and most enigmatic--figures of the Surrealist movement. Since the 1960s, his work has had an enormous and continuing influence, not only on art, but on culture at large. His unforgettable paintings—poetic and often puzzling—have become part of our popular imagery.

    04.05.14: The ITV Perspectives Series featured a documentary on the life of Magritte which aired in the UK on Sunday evening on ITV1 in the UK at 10pm. Presented by the singer Will Young, it was a fascinating, fun and insightful look at his life and art. Young is a fan of the artist and he gives a fan's perspective and feeling of 'wow' which we have all felt when we've seen a Magritte for the first time. I loved that enthusiasm. It was infectious. His emotions when he saw those huge Magrittes in one place at that Belgian seaside resort stays in the mind.

    Through the liberal use of Magritte's home cine films we saw him, his wife & friends mucking about and just having fun. And the backdrop of those disquitening & beautiful paintings in which he took ordinary things and placed them in extraordinary situations was ever present and made his world unworldly wonderful.

    Interesting to hear of his fondness and links to London (secured a £250.00 commission from a rich patron whilst in London when he really needed it and which works out at around £15,000 in today's money). His enduring marriage was fascinating too (his wife outlived him by nearly 20 years and died in 1986). They are buried together.

    Of course, his influence is everywhere but it was still fascinating to hear the influence on the covers of Pink Floyd albums.

    Others things that stood out from the Perspectives docu. (yes: all well known but still fascinating when they are brought to life by the camera):

  • His mother wasn't found for 10 days in the river after her disappearance.
  • Magritte was just 13 years old when she died.
  • The bowler hat is so beautiful.
  • Magritte's stay in Paris was only between 1927 and 1930.
  • Fell out with the Surrealist leader, Andre Breton, but then didn't eveyone?
  • Worked in advertising with his brother at one time.
  • Always painted in a suit.
  • Went by tram everyday to a cafe in Brussels.
  • Played chess at cafe. Only ever 1 coffee.
  • Former home of 24 years in Brussels now a museum.
  • Became depressed about 2nd World War.
  • Critics in Belgium hated his first solo exhibtion.
  • Was ambivalent to the fact his works went for large sums of money.
  • Didn't believe in psychology.
  • Believed in philosophy.
  • Home cine film of him 3 months before he died.

    Catch it on the ITVPlayer while you can.

    01.12.11: Magritte Fine Art Prints

    They have a great range of Magritte prints & posters. It's a great source to begin your collection and from time to time they even get in some of the more obscurer posters. More info @

    Rene Magritte exhibition posters and art prints @ (direct link) - just checked & a bigger selection than i've seen anywhere else

    Painted Plaster Mask (Detail)

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    The Treachery of Images or This is Not a Pipe (Detail) 1928 - 9

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    Elective Affinities (Detail) 1933

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    Golconde (Detail) 1953

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    The Son of Man (Detail) 1964

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    The Blank Signature (Detail) 1965

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    The Masterpiece or The Mysteries of The Horizon (Detail) 1955

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    The Lovers (Detail)

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    The Empire of Lights (Detail) 1954

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    01.12.11: Prints & Cards

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