René Magritte, ‘The Music Lesson or The Sound of the Bell | La Leçon de Musique or Son de Cloche’, 1968, Gilden's Art Gallery

This etching and aquatint is stamped signed “Magritte” with the artist's stamp-signature in the lower right margin.
It is hand numbered in pencil "72/150" in the lower left margin.
The paper bears the 'Atelier René Magritte' dry stamp in the lower right corner of the paper.
The paper also bears the BFK Rives watermark.
It is plate III (of three) of a series created to accompany the book of poems by Guy Rosey titled "Signe de Survie au Temps d’Amour" (Evidence of Survival in Times of Love).
It was printed by Georges Visat based on original colour sketch by the artist, at the Atelier Gorges Visat, Paris in 1968.
It was published by Editions Georges Visat, Paris in a limited edition of 150 impressions. A further 150 impressions were realised on Japan paper.

Literature: Kaplan, G. E. & Baum, T. (1982). The Graphic Work of René Magritte. New York: II Editions
Reference: Kaplan & Baum 15

Condition: Excellent condition. Light creasing and time staining on right margin.

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