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René Magritte, Le beau monde (High Society)

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Artist René Magritte (1898 - 1967)
Title Le beau monde (High Society)
Medium Color Lithograph
Image Size 24 3/16 in x 19 5/8 in (61.4 cm x 49.8 cm)
Sheet Size 30 5/8 in x 22 7/8 in (77.8 cm x 58.1 cm)
Framed Size 41 1/16 in x 36 in (104.3 cm x 91.4 cm)
Edition Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin
Signature This work is signed ‘Magritte’ in fascimile 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 Hersovici.
Condition This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price Sold
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ID # w-3854

Draped curtains stand on their own against a background of cloud-dotted skies. These drapes do not appear to reveal or hide anything of great significance but rather rest propped up on a level surface, an enormous, green apple in front of them. A sky-speckled figure, mimicking the shape of the drapes, rests between them, disconcerting the viewer. Of Magritte's drapes Meuris states, "One way of looking at them [drapes] is as a technical device. They are usually shown with loops, giving them the appearance of open stage drapes, and they enable the artist, through a process of optical illusion, to locate the planes of his image within the pictorial space. Another way of looking at these drapes is a way of suggesting the fallacious (misleading) nature of the painted picture in relation to what it actually represents. Hence the idea of the stage set, to which the drapes lend emphasis" (pg. 169).

Created after the 1962 original oil on canvas Le beau monde (High Society) by René Magritte (1898-1967), this color lithograph was published and printed by Philippe Moreno, Paris in 2003. This work is signed ‘Magritte’ in fascimile 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 Hersovici. Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Meuris, Jacques. Magritte. London: Greenwich Editions, 1988. Original 1962 oil on canvas illustrated on pg. 168 and discussed on pg. 169.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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