René Magritte, Les Amants (The Lovers)
|Artist:||René Magritte (1898 - 1967)|
|Title:||Les Amants (The Lovers)|
|Medium:||Color Lithograph on Rives Paper|
|Sheet:||23 3/5 in x 15 3/4 in (60 cm x 40 cm)|
|Framed:||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, 2011.|
|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.|
Scholar Jacques Meuris writes, "Dissimulation spawns a strangeness. What is shown is less important - less striking, even - than what is concealed (66). Considering this print in terms of Meuris's statement, we find multiple layers of meaning. There is a certain sweetness in the way the lovers' heads come together at the cheeks, tempered by a melancholy atmosphere. Viewing this work becomes an act of searching for a memory that is partially forgotten; the white shrouds covering the subjects' faces becomes a representation of the part of a long ago day that is lost in time. The lush scenery going off to the ocean places the couple in a peaceful setting so pristine as to seem unreal.
Created after the original 1928 oil on canvas Les Amants (The Lovers) 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, 2011.
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 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. 98 on p. 68.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade conservation standards, this work is presented in a modern moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.