Magritte, Rene, Le séducteur (The Tempter)
Signed Rene Magritte, Lithograph, Le séducteur (The Tempter)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||Le séducteur (The Tempter)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||24 3/4 in x 19 3/4 in (62.9 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:||40 1/4 in x 36 1/4 in (102.2 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 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, 2003.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with vibrant colors throughout|
Presenting what he refers to as "the solution to the problem of water," Magritte depicts a boat composed of water sitting upon water against a brilliant clouded sky. The majestic sea nearly appears to have no end in this magnificent work, perhaps implying that water is a necessity that abounds everywhere.
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|This work is one of a number of works entitled Le séducteur (The Tempter)
that Magritte produced in the 1950s, depicting a boat composed of water, drifting
upon water and placed against a brilliant clouded sky. Of these works Whitfield
states, "Writing to a friend about Le séducteur, Magritte told him
that it represented the solution to the problem of water. As with his other
works, he said, the image had been found through a kind of 'frantic contemplation,'
which he describes as a process of drawing the same image repeatedly until a
chance line or conjunction of lines dictated the solution" (referenced
as catalogued no. 104).
Created after the 1951 original oil on canvas Le séducteur (The Tempter) 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. Whitfield, Sarah. Magritte. London: The South Bank Center, 1992. An original oil painting from the same series Le séducteur illustrated and discussed as no. 104.
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.