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Inspired by Magritte

Half a century after his death, the images painted by Magritte remain in our imaginary as unmissable and iconic traces of surrealism. His humorous and mysterious oeuvre hid a discreet man who preferred hiding behind his suit, pipe, hat and mirror.

Born in 1898, Magritte is one of the pioneers of the surrealist movement. Dive into the life and work of this artist recognised as the most influential Belgian painter of the 20th century. Magritte became interested in conceiving art in its broadest sense, away from realism, when he met the Italian painter De Chirico. As a self-taught artist, he forged his understanding of art and painting through literature and poetry with writers and philosophers of his milieu.

His painting sought to reflect his ideas and thoughts. Magritte was interested in the impact the painter had on an object. For him, painting wasn't supposed to be a mere representation of the real, but rather an image of the artist's thought projected on the object. “The art of painting can't only stick to the idea of displaying a resemblance with the surrounding world." Magritte excelled in representing mental images and creating artworks that would deconstruct the real and disturb the viewer. His painting was never a mirror of reality: it was the mirror of his own imagined reality. From this idea, Magritte created the concept of word-images paintings in 1928: he called the idea The Treachery of images, where words would replace images (the famous "this is not a pipe").

Did you know that Magritte used to paint in his dining room? Partly because he lacked a separate studio, but also because he enjoyed painting in places of life, to not disconnect from reality, from which his productions yet tried to escape from. He enjoyed strolling in museums where his own artworks were exhibited, talking with the watchmen, and, for a long time, many ignored that this calm and easy-going neighbour was indeed the famous painter.

Matisse's oeuvre embraced a broad aesthetic spectrum, from cubist and futurist influences, flirting with abstraction. He was also an advertising illustrator, which explained his disillusioned conception of images. Finally, his “Vache period" which preceded his exhibition in Paris in 1948 provoked quite of a scandal. Always seeking to be there when one would not expect him, he decided to produce all his paintings in a very provocative and crude style. The public did not find Magritte's little prank to his taste; the painter did not sell a single painting and barely had the means to bring his canvases back to Belgium.

Magritte was a flaky painter, but also a poet of the disenchanted reality, and his patterns are still taken up and played with, even tattooed, and known by many generations.

He died on the 15th of August 1967 in Schaerbeek in Belgium.  

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Heiko Haschlar, Rhino sur la tour, Painting

Heiko Haschlar

Rhino sur la tour, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$686

Julio Larraz, The Poet King, Print

Julio Larraz

The Poet King, 2007
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$3,546

Jean-Christophe Fischer, Les 3 flèches, Painting

Jean-Christophe Fischer

Les 3 flèches, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,491

Thomas Ott, Der Kaiser, Print

Thomas Ott

Der Kaiser, 2018
16.1 x 13.8 inch
Print

$286

Zdravko Derek, Capriccio, Painting

Zdravko Derek

Capriccio, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,432 $4,576

Joan Miró, 42, Rue Blomet, Print

Joan Miró

42, Rue Blomet, 1977
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$10,410

Joan Miró, La Traca IIII, Print

Joan Miró

La Traca IIII, 1979
47 x 37 x 1 inch
Print

$22,500

Corneille, Soleil cou coupé III, Print

Corneille

Soleil cou coupé III, 2002
31.9 x 24 inch
Print

$1,087

Our recommendations Max Ernst, Sans titre 8, Sculpture

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Sans titre 8, 1970
15.4 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
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Rafal Olbinski, Umbrella, Print

Rafal Olbinski

Umbrella, 2017
25.2 x 17.3 inch
Print

$858

Catherine Théry, Voyage astral - Hommage à Magritte, Photography

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Voyage astral - Hommage à Magritte, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$3,318

Matthew Rose, Immaculate perception, Print

Matthew Rose

Immaculate perception, 2016
7.9 x 5.9 inch
Print

$57

Rafal Olbinski, Tales of Love (Night), Print

Rafal Olbinski

Tales of Love (Night), 2016
9.1 x 6.7 inch
Print

$400

Catherine Théry, BI - Hommage à Magritte, Photography

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BI - Hommage à Magritte, 2016
47.2 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Photography

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A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, 1970
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Print

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Catherine Théry, On a volé la Pomme d'Adam_ Clin d'oeil à Magritte, Photography

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On a volé la Pomme d'Adam_ Clin d'oeil à Magritte, 2015
45.3 x 29.5 inch
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David Cumps, Dans Alfons tout est bon, Painting

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47.2 x 39.4 x 1 inch
Painting

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Laurina Paperina, Pizza Magritte, Drawing

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Pizza Magritte, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

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Jorge Camacho, Cenizas-6, Print

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Cenizas-6, 1974
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

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Ami imaginaire, Colombe, Painting

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21.7 x 17.3 x 2 inch
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$789

Ami imaginaire, Colombe Hope/Fire, Painting

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15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
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Ben Goossens (BEL), Fertility Rights, Photography

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Fertility Rights, 2005
16 x 20 inch
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$686

Ben Goossens (BEL), Lightheaded, Photography

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16 x 20 inch
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Ben Goossens (BEL), Seaside Postcard, Photography

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Seaside Postcard, 2006
16 x 20 inch
Photography

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Frank P54, Something Better Exists, Painting

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19.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

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Prost!, Disco Moon x Magritte, Painting

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22.4 x 18.5 inch
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Nadia Myre, Pipe, Photography

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Pierre Monestier, Le déclenchement, Painting

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Dariusz Klimczak, Homecoming, Photography

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Enrique Etievan, Vitamine C, Painting

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Vitamine C, 2015
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Freddo Sacaro, Hommage à René, Andy et Léonard, Painting

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Xu WeiHua, Table VIII, Painting

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Dariusz Klimczak, Cottage, Photography

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Xu WeiHua, Le main de Maguerite, Painting

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Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

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Xu WeiHua, Parc du peuple, Painting

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Jim Kazanjian, Untitled (bubble), Photography

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Untitled (bubble), 2008
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Chen Yidan, Sunset time, Photography

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