René Magritte, ‘Les Bijoux indiscrets’, 1963, Christie's

Signed in pencil, numbered 11/75 (there were also 20 hors-commerce proofs), published by Vingtième Siècle, Paris, with full margins, a thin band of mat-staining in the margins, pale scattered foxing in the margins, framed
Image: 9 ¼ x 11 7/8 in. (248 x 302 mm.)
Sheet: 12 ¾ x 16 1/8 in. (324 x 410 mm.)

Kaplan and Baum 3

About René Magritte

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.

Belgian, 1898-1967, Lessines, Belgium, based in Brussels, Belgium