Magritte, Rene, La race blanche (The White Race)
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, La race blanche (The White Race)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||La race blanche (The White Race)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||26 1/2 in x 19 3/4 in (67.3 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:||approx. 45 in x 37 in (114.3 cm x 94 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 with the ADAGP blindstamp.|
|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.|
In this playful nude, Magritte renders the female body with all of its parts separated. A flat, polished seascape stretches into the horizon behind the subject, evoking calm in the face of absurdity.
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|An abstract nude figure rests on the sand amidst a beach-like environment. Magritte
deconstructs the female form, depicting an eye, an ear, a mouth, and a nose
precariously balanced upon one another but lacking the coherency to form an
identifiable face. Though the legs and arms appear relatively proportionate,
the large, round belly and perfectly circular breasts contribute to the disproportional
nature of this figure. According to Whitfield, this "last and most imposing
work in the Race blanche series was executed in the spirit of a Picasso bather."
Though Magritte neither confirmed or denied this resemblance, he found the comparison
to be a "very lucid reaction" (Whitfield, no. 78).
Created after the 1937 original oil on canvas La race blanche (The White Race) 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 246/300 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. Whitfield, Sarah. Magritte. London: The South Bank Centre, 1992. Original 1937 oil on canvas illustrated as no. 78.
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.