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Inspired by Magritte

Half a century after his death, the Magritte's surrealist paintings remain unmissable and iconic traces of the art movement they belonged to. His humorous and mysterious œuvre 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, widely recognized as the most influential Belgian painter of the 20th century. Magritte grew interested in the conception of art in the broader sense, moving away from realism. His encounter with the Italian painter De Chirico was extremely influential. As a self-taught artist, he forged his understanding of art and painting through literature and poetry, learning from the writers and philosophers of his milieu.

His surrealist paintings sought to reflect his ideas and thoughts. Magritte was interested in the impact a painter could have 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 thoughts projected onto the object. 


“The art of painting must exceed the idea of simply displaying a resemblance with the surrounding world." Magritte favored representing mental images and creating artworks that would deconstruct the real and disturb the viewer. His surrealist paintings are never a mirror of reality: they're the mirror of his own imagined reality. From this idea, Magritte created the concept of word-image paintings in 1928. The idea was named The Treachery of images, where words would replace images (such as 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 pertaining to life, that weren't disconnected from reality. The same reality from which his surrealistic artworks tried to escape. Magritte enjoyed strolling in museums where his own artworks were exhibited, and talking to museum guards. For a long time, many ignored that this calm and easy-going stranger beside them was indeed the famous painter.

The surrealist artist embraced a broad aesthetic spectrum, from cubist and futurist influences, flirting with abstraction. He was also an advertisement illustrator, which can explain his disillusionment with images and how they're conceived. Finally, his “Vache period" which preceded his exhibition in Paris in 1948 provoked quite a scandal. Always after the unexpected, he decided to produce all of his paintings in a very provocative and crude style. The public was not very fond of Magritte's prank. The painter didn't sell a single painting and barely had the means to bring his canvases back to Belgium.

Magritte made surrealism what it is today, still influencing the works of surrealist painters and photographers alike. His patterns continue to resurface today, and are known across many generations. He died on the 15th of August 1967 in Schaerbeek in Belgium.  

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Véronique Sudry, Horizons, Painting

Véronique Sudry

Horizons, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,167

Fidia  Faleschetti, Apple Care (Green edition), Sculpture

Fidia Faleschetti

Apple Care (Green edition), 2017
4.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$963

Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
18 x 16 inch
Photography

$963

Madame Pagu, Oltranza (The bitter end), Print

Madame Pagu

Oltranza (The bitter end), 2020
5.7 x 3 x 0 inch
Print

$746

Jorge Camacho, Cenizas-6, Print

Jorge Camacho

Cenizas-6, 1974
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$241

Denise van der Burgh, Poppies, Painting

Denise van der Burgh

Poppies, 1998
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,806

Haime Correa, Homage to Magritte, Phonograph in a Gilded Cage, Sculpture

Haime Correa

Homage to Magritte, Phonograph in a Gilded Cage, 1996
14.25 x 12 x 5.63 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

Zdravko Derek, Capriccio, Painting

Zdravko Derek

Capriccio, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,816

Marisol Escobar, Magritte II, Sculpture

Marisol Escobar

Magritte II, 1998
67.5 x 41.4 x 32.5 inch
Sculpture

$320,000

Corneille, Soleil cou coupé III, Print

Corneille

Soleil cou coupé III, 2002
31.9 x 24 inch
Print

$1,144

Yoann Merienne, Khasmin, Painting

Yoann Merienne

Khasmin, 2016
21.7 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,010

tizlu, Fade Away And Radiate, Painting

tizlu

Fade Away And Radiate, 2020
70.9 x 70.9 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$23,477

Jean-Christophe Fischer, Les 3 flèches, Painting

Jean-Christophe Fischer

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

$3,853

Xu WeiHua, Le main de Maguerite, Painting

Xu WeiHua

Le main de Maguerite, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,445

Laurina Paperina, Pizza Magritte, Fine Art Drawings

Laurina Paperina

Pizza Magritte, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,625

Xu WeiHua, Parc du peuple, Painting

Xu WeiHua

Parc du peuple, 2012
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,681

Our recommendations Man Ray, A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, Print

Man Ray

A l'Heure de l'Observatoire - Les Amoureux, 1970
26.8 x 40.9 inch
Print

$54,178

Franck Doat, Collection "Magritte Autrement" Parapluie, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Magritte Autrement" Parapluie, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,612

Franck Doat, Collection "Magritte Autrement" / Apple, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Magritte Autrement" / Apple, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,612

Franck Doat, Collection "Magritte Autrement" / Colombe, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Magritte Autrement" / Colombe, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,612

Henry Escobar, Magritte, Painting

Henry Escobar

Magritte, 2020
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,686

Dariusz Klimczak, Homecoming, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Homecoming, 2013
16 x 18 inch
Photography

$843

Dariusz Klimczak, High Chair, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

High Chair, 2011
14 x 12 inch
Photography

$722

Dariusz Klimczak, Cottage, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Cottage, 2011
14 x 12 inch
Photography

$602

Martin Leman, In The Garden, Painting

Martin Leman

In The Garden, 2020
14.2 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,489

Frank P54, Something Better Exists, Painting

Frank P54

Something Better Exists, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,059

Frank P54, Chasing a Safe Place, Painting

Frank P54

Chasing a Safe Place, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,192

Jim Kazanjian, Untitled (bubble), Photography

Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (bubble), 2008
11 x 11 inch
Photography

$1,023

Dariusz Klimczak, Drought, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Drought, 2012
14 x 12 inch
Photography

$482

Laurence Winram, The Watchers, Photography

Laurence Winram

The Watchers, 2007
23.4 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,535

Laurence Winram, The Conemen Dragons, Photography

Laurence Winram

The Conemen Dragons, 2011
23.4 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,312

Ben Goossens (BEL), Seaside Postcard, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Seaside Postcard, 2006
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$963

Ben Goossens (BEL), Lightheaded, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Lightheaded, 2009
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$963

Ben Goossens (BEL), Apple, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Apple, 2008
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$963

Ben Goossens (BEL), Fertility Rights, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Fertility Rights, 2005
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$963

Laurence de Valmy, Magritte, Painting

Laurence de Valmy

Magritte, 2019
29.9 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,721

Philip Provily, Jackie, Photography

Philip Provily

Jackie, 2015
26 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,926

Philip Provily, Lampadaire, Photography

Philip Provily

Lampadaire, 2014
31.5 x 24.8 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,926

Enrique Etievan, Vitamine C, Painting

Enrique Etievan

Vitamine C, 2015
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,612

Julio Larraz, The Poet King, Print

Julio Larraz

The Poet King, 2007
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$3,732

Ole Ahlberg, Pâques surréaliste, Print

Ole Ahlberg

Pâques surréaliste, 1985
22.4 x 18.9 inch
Print

$241

Theodor Grigoras, And nothing's gonna cut me down, Painting

Theodor Grigoras

And nothing's gonna cut me down, 2021
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$4,816

Chen Yidan, Lakeside - 6, Photography

Chen Yidan

Lakeside - 6, 2014
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,661

Our recommendations Chen Yidan, Lakeside - 1, Photography

Chen Yidan

Lakeside - 1, 2014
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,661

Chen Yidan, Sunset time, Photography

Chen Yidan

Sunset time, 2014
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,661

Terzo Yan, Les pensées d'une femme, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Les pensées d'une femme, 2019
31.5 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,826

Nadia Myre, Pipe, Photography

Nadia Myre

Pipe, 2017
43.3 x 65.4 inch
Photography

$10,234

Alexander Benz, Stand Bye, Photography

Alexander Benz

Stand Bye, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$554

Freddo Sacaro, Jean-Michel et Andy, Painting

Freddo Sacaro

Jean-Michel et Andy, 2020
16.1 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$7,826

Ljubomir Milinkov, Sailing Flowers, Painting

Ljubomir Milinkov

Sailing Flowers, 1993
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$18,059

Freddo Sacaro, Hommage à René, Andy et Léonard, Painting

Freddo Sacaro

Hommage à René, Andy et Léonard, 2016
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$9,030

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

Catherine Théry

On a volé la Pomme d'Adam_ Clin d'oeil à Magritte, 2015
45.3 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$3,853

Georges Saulterre, N°722 The mask, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°722 The mask, 2005
25.6 x 13.4 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$30,099

Catherine Théry, Voyage astral - Hommage à Magritte, Photography

Catherine Théry

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

$3,491

Catherine Théry, BI - Hommage à Magritte, Photography

Catherine Théry

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

$3,010

Catherine Théry, Dans la peau d'une pipe - Hommage à Magritte, Photography

Catherine Théry

Dans la peau d'une pipe - Hommage à Magritte, 2016
26.4 x 43.3 x 2.4 inch
Photography

$3,371

Ole Ahlberg, La tentation, Print

Ole Ahlberg

La tentation, 1983
14.2 x 11 inch
Print

$181

Our recommendations Ben Goossens (BEL), Magritte was here, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Magritte was here, 2007
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,084

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