Magritte, Rene, Les enfants trouvés
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, Les enfants trouvés
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||Les enfants trouvés|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||17 3/4 in x 12 in (45.1 cm x 30.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||23 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in (59.7 cm x 44.5 cm)|
|Framed Size:||32 in x 26 in (81.3 cm x 66 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988) in crayon in the lower right margin; signed 'Magritte' in grey in the stone in the lower right of the image.|
|Edition:||Numbered 273/350 in pencil in the lower left margin; printed by Fernand Mourlot, Paris on BFK Rives watermarked paper and published by Ed. A.C. Mazo et Cie, Paris.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with vibrant colors throughout|
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|Toying with the viewer's visual perception, Magritte creates an illusory piece.
Three male figures stand in a forest thick with tall, green trees. These top-hatted
men, a common subject in Magritte's works, appear as if conferring in the depths
of the forest. The two men to the left stand with their backs turned to the
viewer while the one to the right stands in profile clutching a large rock.
The viewer cannot quite discern what these men are doing in the forest, a seemingly
unlikely location for three well-dressed individuals. However, the most striking
element of this work is the way in which the trees, the men, and the background
foliage appear at once both divided and united. Magritte overlaps these elements
in such a way that the three men appear both hidden and revealed, simultaneously
standing in front of and behind the tree trunks. The viewer's eye jumps around
the piece in an attempt to situate the three men in a stabile location. While
the focus is on the three individual subjects, Magritte creates a sense of animation
and energy throughout the work as the viewer's eyes are constantly denied a
concrete grasp on reality.
Created in 1968, this work is the first of 12 lithographs included in the portfolio Les Enfants Trouvés. This work is hand-signed by Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988) in crayon in the lower right margin; signed 'Magritte' in grey in the stone in the lower right of the image. Numbered 273/350 in pencil in the lower left margin, this work is printed by Fernand Mourlot, Paris on BFK Rives watermarked paper and published by Ed. A.C. Mazo et Cie, Paris.
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Biography of Rene Magritte
René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist whose witty and thought-provoking images challenged observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. Magritte's work frequently displays a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things.
Magritte grew up in a simple and somewhat tragic household. His father was a modest tailor. His mother, who was mentally unsound, committed suicide in the year 1912. Magritte started drawing at a young age, and his first paintings, produced c. 1915, were Impressionistic in style.
Magritte first worked as a draughtsman in a wallpaper factory and, in the year 1922, fell in love with and married Georgette Berger. In 1926, Magritte signed a contract with Galerie La Centaure in Brussels, making it possible for him to paint full-time. During this time, inspired by his friend André Breton, he became involved with the Surrealist group.
During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II, he stayed in Brussels. He continued to paint, gaining increased recognition. His work was exhibited in the United States in New York multiple times, including 2 retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1967, Magritte died of pancreatic cancer, his imagery having greatly influenced pop, minimalist, and conceptual art.