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The Museum of Avant-garde

René Magritte

France (1898—1967)
Grown up in a family of men after his mother suicide, Magritte started painting in 1915 and enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1916. He discovered Futurism, Cubism and Purism. In 1925 his style moved towards Surrealism, influenced by the work of De Chirico. Later he settled in Paris and became close to Breton’s circle of surrealists. He returned to Brussels and turned again to advertising. He exhibited in US and in London, where he stayed at Edward James’ property. During WWII he remained in German-occupied Belgium and this caused a split with Breton. His style changed: in his so-called Renoir period he signed the manifesto of Surrealism in Full Sunlight, followed by his Vache period, which took a Fauvist approach. He also set up a business producing a number of fake paintings and forged fake banknotes. He went back to his more typical themes after the war, depicting common objects in an unusual context and playing between reality and illusion.

Love (Liebe)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.9 x 29.2 cm / 1928 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The shadow and its shadow (L’ombre et son ombre)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 20.2 x 20 cm / 1932 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marie

Journal bimensuel pour la belle jeunesse / Bi-monthly journal / 24.2 x 32.3 cm / Bruxelles, 1926-1927

Virtue rewarded (Belohnte Tugend)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 26.1 x 17.5 cm / 1934 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Œsophage

Magazine / Letterpress / 22.4 x 28.4 cm / Bruxelles, 1925

The holy family (Die heilige Familie)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 20.2 x 26.1 cm / 1928 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fortune tellers (Wahrsagerinnen)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 20.3 x 20.1 cm / 1930 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The gray eminence (Die graue Eminenz)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 20.2 x 30.4 cm / 1938 / © 2020 C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Journal de l' instantanéisme / Magazine / Letterpress / 27.3 x 36.6 cm / Paris, 1924 / © Francis Picabia c/o Sabam, 2020

Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution

Journal / Letterpress / 20 x 28.5 cm / Paris, 1930-1933