Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Richard S. Zeisler.

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© C. Herscovici—ADAGP—ARS, 2014.

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.

High auction record
$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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The Lovers (Les Amants), 1928

Oil on canvas
21 3/8 × 28 7/8 in
54.3 × 73.3 cm
Location
Chicago
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Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Richard S. Zeisler.

Medium
Image rights
© C. Herscovici—ADAGP—ARS, 2014.

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.

High auction record
$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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Other works by René Magritte
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