Magritte, Rene, La Trahison des images (This Is Not a Pipe), 1929
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, La Trahison des images (This Is Not a Pipe), 1929
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|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||La Trahison des images (This Is Not a Pipe), 1929|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||20 ½ in x 15 ¼ in (25.1 cm x 38.7 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||23 3/5 in x 17 3/4; in (59.9 cm x 45.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||Approx. 30 in x 24 in (76.2 cm x 61 cm)|
|Signed:||Facsimile signed 'Magritte' in graphite color in the lower right margin, and also initialed in pencil by Charley Herscovici, President of the Fondation Magritte and of the ADAGP. Bearing the ADAGP blindstamp in the lower left margin and the Magritte|
|Edition:||Numbered 228/275 in pencil in the lower left margin; created aside from 45 artist's proofs labeled EA (épreuve d'artiste) and numbered 1-45, of which 15 are reserved for the Succession Magritte; published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with vibrant tones throughout.|
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|Irony is not necessarily the lens through which one might understand La Trahison
des images (This Is Not a Pipe). As Suzi Gablik points out the arbitrary relationship
between an object and its name, explaining that this work is Magritte's way
of saying that, "an image is not be confused with something tangible"
(Magritte 127). The artist does not want us to see his work as the object, just
as he does not want us to accept that the word 'pipe' is actually connected
to the thing itself. Given this interpretation, this work takes on a more complex
aspect than its simple, polished composition might initially imply.
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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.