Magritte, Rene, L'empire des lumières (The Dominion of Lights)
|Artist:||Magritte, Rene (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||L'empire des lumières (The Dominion of Lights)|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||25 in x 19 1/2 in (63.5 cm x 49.5 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.|
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|Historical Description of This Work:|
Capturing a curious moment in which day meets night, this work is one of the many 1950's paintings that Magritte produced under the generic title L'Empire des lumières (The Dominion of Lights). Of these works Magritte states, "The landscape suggests night and the sky suggests day. This evocation of night and day seems to me to be endowed with the power to surprise and delight us. I call that power: poetry. If I believe this evocation to possess that kind of poetic power, among other reasons it is because I have always entertained the greatest interest in night and in day without ever feeling any preference for one or the other. This great interest in night and in day is a feeling of admiration and amazement" (Meuris, pg. 138).
Created after the 1954 original oil on canvas L'Empire des lumières (The Dominion of Lights 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.
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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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