Magritte, Rene, Le pays des miracles (The Country of Marvels)
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, Le pays des miracles (The Country of Marvels)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||Le pays des miracles (The Country of Marvels)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||23 7/8 in x 19 3/4 in (60.6 cm x 50.2 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||30 5/8 in x 22 7/8 in (77.8 cm x 58.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||41 in x 36 1/4 in (104.1 cm x 92.1 cm)|
|Signed:||Signed 'Magritte' in facsimile in graphite color in the lower right margin. Signed in pencil in the lower left margin by the representative of ADAGP representing the Magritte Succession, Mr. Charly Herscovici.|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin (from the total edition of 360, 300 examples numbered 1-300, 45 artist's proofs numbered 1-45, and 15 copies reserved for the Succession Magritte); published and printed by Philippe Moreno Paris in 2003.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with vibrant colors throughout.|
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|Offering a surrealist spin on a still life, Magritte depicts an unconventional
bouquet of flowers placed on a level surface indoors. A bird's nest with three
eggs rests next to the bouquet, disproportionately small in comparison. The
viewer cannot discern the individual flowers within the bouquet; rather, the
viewer witnesses the silhouette of the bouquet, filled in with a beautiful flowery
landscape dotted with luscious trees. The bouquet serves almost as a window
to the outside world, depicting a serene landscape at dusk, just as the crescent
moon begins to rise in the daytime sky. Perhaps Magritte also wished to reference
flowers in their natural form, growing freely in a field of green, only to be
picked and placed on a mantelpiece.
Created after the 1964 original oil on canvas Le Le pays des miracles (The Country of Marvels) by René Magritte (1898-1967), this original color lithograph was published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris in 2003. This work is signed 'Magritte' in facsimile in graphite color in the lower right margin and signed in pencil in the lower left margin by the representative of ADAGP representing the Magritte Succession, Mr. Charly Herscovici. Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin (from the total edition of 360, 300 examples numbered 1-300, 45 artist's proofs numbered 1-45, and 15 copies reserved for the Succession Magritte), this work is stamped with the ADAGP blindstamp in the lower left margin and the Succession Magritte blindstamp in the lower right margin. On the back of this work is an extensive block of printed text stating the title, provenance, tirage, and details of the original oil on canvas.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Gimferrer, Pere. Magritte. Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa, 1986. Original 1964 oil on canvas illustrated as no. 114.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
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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.