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René Magritte

La Famine, 1948

Oil on canvas
18 3/10 × 21 9/10 in
46.5 × 55.5 cm
Location
Paris
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Centre Pompidou
Paris

Musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique, Bruxelles, inv. 11696

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Painting
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© Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016
René Magritte
Belgian, 1898–1967
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With his highly cerebral Surrealist imagery, René Magritte breathed new life into seemingly conventional subject matter. He often painted everyday objects out of context, in juxtapositions forcing the viewer to reconsider things normally taken for granted. In his iconic trompe l’oeil work The Treachery of Images (1928-29), for example, Magritte painted a hyperrealistic pipe and wrote, just beneath it, “this is not a pipe”—a caution not to trust our eyes and reminder that the art object, no matter how convincing, is not the real thing. Magritte’s highly figurative style of Surrealism is often discussed along the work of Salvador Dalí and Giorgio de Chirico, and his persistent interrogation of objects has both influenced and paved the way for seminal artistic movements, from Conceptualism to Pop art.

René Magritte, ‘La Famine’, 1948, Centre Pompidou
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About the work
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Centre Pompidou
Paris

Musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique, Bruxelles, inv. 11696

Medium
Painting
Image rights
© Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photothèque R. Magritte / Banque d’Images, Adagp, Paris, 2016
René Magritte
Belgian, 1898–1967
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With his highly cerebral Surrealist imagery, René Magritte breathed new life into seemingly conventional subject matter. He often painted everyday objects out of context, in juxtapositions forcing the viewer to reconsider things normally taken for granted. In his iconic trompe l’oeil work The Treachery of Images (1928-29), for example, Magritte painted a hyperrealistic pipe and wrote, just beneath it, “this is not a pipe”—a caution not to trust our eyes and reminder that the art object, no matter how convincing, is not the real thing. Magritte’s highly figurative style of Surrealism is often discussed along the work of Salvador Dalí and Giorgio de Chirico, and his persistent interrogation of objects has both influenced and paved the way for seminal artistic movements, from Conceptualism to Pop art.

René Magritte

La Famine, 1948

Oil on canvas
18 3/10 × 21 9/10 in
46.5 × 55.5 cm
Location
Paris
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