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René Magritte

The Secret Double (Le Double secret), 1927

Oil on canvas
44 7/8 × 63 3/4 in
114 × 161.9 cm
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Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago
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Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de
création industrielle. Purchase.

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Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de
création industrielle. Purchase.

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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.

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About the work
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago
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Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de
création industrielle. Purchase.

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Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de
création industrielle. Purchase.

Medium
Painting
Image rights
© Charly Herscovici—ADAGP—ARS, 2014.
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

The Secret Double (Le Double secret), 1927

Oil on canvas
44 7/8 × 63 3/4 in
114 × 161.9 cm
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