Magritte, Rene, Le grand style (Great Style)
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, Le grand style (Great Style)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||Le grand style (Great Style)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||19 3/4 in x 14 3/4 in (50.2 cm x 37.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||23 3/4 in x 17 3/4 in (60.3 cm x 45.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||33 1/4 in x 28 in (84.5 cm x 71.1 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.|
|Edition:||Numbered 274/275 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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Jeff Koons was once quoted in the Tate ETC magazine as saying, "It is hard to imagine a lot of the computer programs that we work with in daily life, such as Photoshop, without the influence of Magritte. We owe to Magritte the many ways that we see the world through transparency or gradation." Illuminating part of the power of modern viewers' responses to the artist's work, this passage adds another layer of meaning to Le Grand style. In this case, we are viewing a literal rendering of the world, perched on the top of a leafy stem like some gigantic flower or pearl. This scene, set against a view of the starry universe, shows that the world is one bloom in a field of thousands, and also that it contains myriad mysteries beneath its shiny surface.
Created after an original work by the artist dating to 1951, this original color lithograph is facsimile signed 'Magritte' in graphite color at the lower right; the work bears the blindstamp of the ADAGP in the lower left corner and the blindstamp of the Magritte Succession in the lower right. Numbered 274/275 and created aside from 45 artist's proofs numbered 1-45 and labeled 'EA', this print is also initialed by Charley Herscovici, President of the Fondation Magritte and ADAGP. This limited edition was published by Philippe Moreno, Paris and the print bears a block of printed text on the verso describing this edition.
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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.