This is a magnificent original signed and numbered limited
edition color lithograph by internationally acclaimed artist René Magritte (1898-1967).
Rene Magritte was born on November 21, 1898 in the town of Lessines
in southern Belgium,
near Brussels. He was the oldest of
three brothers. He began taking art lessons at the age of twelve. Between 1916
and 1921 he was enrolled at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels,
but he attended classes only occasionally. He had some published drawings, some
advertising posters, a stint as a designer at a wallpaper factory and another
doing freelance publicity work for a fashion house. He had toyed with Dada,
Futurism and Cubism; he had designed magazine covers and stage sets and written
song lyrics. In 1922 a young friend of Magritte's showed him, in a magazine he
brought back from Paris, a smudgy
reproduction of a work by the prewar precursor of surrealism, Giorgio de
Chirico. On seeing it, Magritte uncharacteristically burst into tears. Although
it was a few years before Magritte abandoned his "modern" formula, he
recognized the key to his own domain. In the years 1926 through 1930 he painted
over two hundred and eighty pictures, some of them very large. Max Ernst was
another influence. Magritte and his wife, Georgette Berger, were married for
over forty-five years and had no children. They lived in Brussels
at the same address from 1930 to 1954; he used to take his little dog for a
walk every day. The Magrittes lived for three years in a Paris
suburb and Rene was in daily contact with the surrealists. He painted regularly
four mornings a week at home in his stuffy little apartment. In the 1950s
Magritte executed two fresco cycles: The Enchanted Realm for a casino in
Knokke-le-Zut (1953) and The Ignorant Fairy (1957) for the Palais des
Beaux-Arts in Charleroi. These
monumental compositions repeat the motifs of his previous paintings. In his
last year Magritte began to make sculptures of his painted images, developing
the theme of correlation of mental and material realities.
This spectacular original color lithograph is entitled “L'Eloge de la Dialectique” and is
signed with the artist’s ink-stamped signature on the front lower right. It is
also signed in pencil by the artist’s wife “Georgette Magritte” and numbered “108/200”
on the lower left. It bears the embossed blindstamp of the publisher, Art 204,
204 bd St-Germain, 75007 Paris, on
the front lower right. This limited edition lithograph is from the suite of 10
lithographs entitled "La Philosphie et la peniture de Rene Magritte",
which was published by Art 204, Paris, in 1979. It is in excellent condition, measures 20 ¾” x 29”
(sheet), 16 ½” x 22 ½” (image) and is unframed. Authenticity is GUARANTEED.
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