René Magritte, ‘Time Transfixed’, 1938, Art Institute of Chicago

Collection: Joseph Winterbotham Collection

Image provided by: The Art Institute of Chicago

Signature: Signed, l.r.: "Magritte"

Image rights: © 2014 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary"

Exhibition venues: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013-2014); The Menil Collection, Houston (2014); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2014)

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