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Centre Pompidou
Paris

The Menil Collection, Houston

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© Adagp, Paris 2016

René Magritte’s cerebral, enigmatic paintings and prints helped define the imagery and philosophy of the Surrealist movement. His most famous works, including The Treachery of Images (1929) and The Son of Man (1946), explore the illusory power of art and juxtapose mundane and fantastical iconography. Magritte was born in Belgium. After a stint at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and employment as a designer and draftsman, he moved to Paris and became involved with the Surrealist trailblazer André Breton. In the late 1940s, Magritte made a series of “vache” (“cow”) paintings that embraced bright Fauvist hues and pushed the limits of good taste. His work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Reina Sofía, Tate Britain, Kunstmuseum Basel, and many others, and belongs to the collections of many more. His work has sold for tens of millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$26.8m, Sotheby's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Videogames: Design/Play/DisruptVictoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
2016
René Magritte: La trahison des imagesCentre Pompidou
2014
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 - 1938Art Institute of Chicago
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Les Mémoires d'un saint, 1960

Oil on canvas
31 1/2 × 39 3/10 in
80 × 99.7 cm
Location
Paris
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CP
Centre Pompidou
Paris

The Menil Collection, Houston

Medium
Image rights
© Adagp, Paris 2016

René Magritte’s cerebral, enigmatic paintings and prints helped define the imagery and philosophy of the Surrealist movement. His most famous works, including The Treachery of Images (1929) and The Son of Man (1946), explore the illusory power of art and juxtapose mundane and fantastical iconography. Magritte was born in Belgium. After a stint at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and employment as a designer and draftsman, he moved to Paris and became involved with the Surrealist trailblazer André Breton. In the late 1940s, Magritte made a series of “vache” (“cow”) paintings that embraced bright Fauvist hues and pushed the limits of good taste. His work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Reina Sofía, Tate Britain, Kunstmuseum Basel, and many others, and belongs to the collections of many more. His work has sold for tens of millions on the secondary market.

High auction record
US$26.8m, Sotheby's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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