Magritte, Rene, La Durée poignardée (Time Transfixed)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||La Durée poignardée (Time Transfixed)|
Original Color Lithograph on Rives Paper
|Sheet Size:||23 3/5 in x 15 3/4 in (60 cm x 40 cm)|
|Framed Size:||Approx. 35 in x 25 in (88.9 cm x 63.5 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 from the edition of 275 in pencil in the lower left margin; published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris, 2010.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with superb color throughout.|
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|Historical Description of This Work:|
Translating literally from the French to "ongoing time stabbed by a dagger," the title of this work speaks to Magritte's intentions in creating the piece. The artist had hoped that the artwork, commissioned by a private collector, would be installed at the foot of a staircase in the collector's home; visitors ascending to the ballroom on the next floor would thus be visually stabbed by the painting. Our lithograph is as visually arresting as the artist intended. The blank grey room reflected in the mirror above the fireplace lends the scene an eerie quality. The steam train emerging from vent that would normally connect to a stove is not so random. "Not only does the opening in a fireplace suggest the mouth of a railway tunnel but the steam engine and the fireplace are both activated by fuel," writes Sarah Whitfield.
Created after the 1938 original oil on canvas La Durée poignardée (Time Transfixed) by René Magritte (1898-1967),this original color lithograph is 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. It bears the ADAGP blindstamp in the lower left margin and the Magritte Succession blindstamp in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 275, it is printed on Rives paper and published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris, 2010.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Meuris, Jacques. Magritte. London: Greenwich Editions, 1988. The original
oil painting is listed and discussed as no. 239 on p. 162.
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Rene Magritte Biography
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.
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