René Magritte, Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée)

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Artist: René Magritte (1898 - 1967)
Title: La Durée poignardée (Time Transfixed)
Reference: Whitfield 81
Medium: 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)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 275 in pencil in the lower left margin; published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris, 2010.
Signature: 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.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition with superb color throughout.
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ID # w-3991

Translating literally from the French to "ongoing time stabbed by a dagger," the title of this work speaks to René 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:
René Magritte's Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée) is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Meuris, Jacques. Magritte. London: Greenwich Editions, 1988. The original oil painting is listed and discussed as no. 239 on p. 162.
2. Whitfield, Sarah. Magritte. London: The South Bank Centre, 1992. Original oil on canvas listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 81.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade conservation standards, René Magritte's Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée) is presented in a modern moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

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