While all four fragments of The Enchanted Pose
are now accounted for, the work can only be digitally reconstructed. Physically restoring the completely painted-over artwork “is absolutely impossible,” da Silva told Artsy
last year. “You would end up destroying one or both.” And given that Magritte purposefully painted over The Enchanted Pose
, it seems as though he never wanted it to hang on a museum wall, even if technology allowed it.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be more discoveries in the future. “If we have the opportunity to continue this research, it is reasonable to expect that more of Magritte’s missing paintings will surface,” Francisca Vandepitte, a curator in the modern art department at the RMFAB, said in a statement.
This significant art-historical discovery came one day after a major market moment for the artist. Magritte’s L’empire des Lumières (1949) shattered the artist’s market record Monday night at Christie’s, selling for a whopping $20.5 million with fees.
The new owners might consider giving it an X-ray.