Magritte, 1898-1967

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Ludion Press, 1998 - Art - 335 pages
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Published to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Belgian artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967), one of the most important and beloved Surrealists, this beautifully illustrated volume features essays by a number of renowned authorities on the artist. It accompanies the important centennial exhibition on view beginning in March 1998 at the Musee's Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels.Magritte's art is known throughout the word. His paintings have become part of the modern vernacular, familiar not only to art lovers but to the general public as well through their reproduction on posters and in advertisements. Here, 300 paintings and gouaches are reproduced in full color and accompanied by individual scholarly commentaries; the essays are augmented by comparative and archival illustrations.Adding to the book's reference value, a special section highlights subjects such as Magritte and film and the Magritte archives, and features interviews with the artist, his colleagues, and his family.

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Handsome and serious yet accessible, this book catalogs an extensive exhibition held at the Royal Museum Brussels this year. It covers the full spectrum of Magritte's work, from the omnipresent, mass ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Rene Magritte was born RenE FranAois-Ghislain Magritte in 1898 in Belgium. In March of 1912, Magritte's mother killed herself by jumping into the river Sambre. The next year, the young artist met his future wife, Georgette Berger; the year after that he enrolled as a pupil at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. In the early 1920s, Magritte served in the military, married Georgette, and worked as a graphic artist, primarily drawing motifs for wallpaper. De Chirico provided a strong early influence. Magritte's first painting, a portrait of singer Evelyne BrElia, was sold in 1923, and his first surrealist work, Le Jockey Perdu, was painted in 1926. His first exhibition was held in 1927; soon thereafter, he and Georgette moved near Paris and began to meet other surrealists like MirU, Eluard and Arp. His relationships with the surrealists only deepened over the following years: Magritte published his work in various surrealist journals, vacationed with the DalIs, and exhibited with Edward James. At different points during his mature career, he dramatically changed his painting style, only to return to his original surrealist ways. Magritte died in 1967.