René Magritte, The Hesitation Waltz (La Valse Hésitation), 1950

Artist: René Magritte (1898 - 1967)
Title:La Valse Hésitation (The Hesitation Waltz), 1950
Medium:Patinated bronze sculpture created after the original painting of the same name painted by René Magritte (Lessines, 1898 - Brussels, 1967) in 1950
Image:6 11/16 in x 6 11/16 in x 7 7/8 in (17 x 17 x 20 cm)
Signature:Stamp signed 'Magritte' on the back of the left apple; also stamp signed by the Magritte Foundation and Fonderie Paumelle, France on the back of the left apple.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3762

Historical Description

Two green apples with leafy stems huddle close to one another. Despite the fact that apples do not have eyes, both figures don eye masks, one black and one brown. The figures tilt towards one another, as if exchanging glances or preparing to kiss. A common motif throughout Magritte's work, the apples appear with a sense of liveliness and personality, placed into a new and unexpected context by the artist. The two apples engage with one another as they draw in close, endowed with distinct emotions of affection. According to Meuris, the poet Paul Colinet described the painting upon which this sculpture was based in the following manner: "On the seashore sit two apples, visitors from far off. They smile surreptitiously, strangers to what they see" (Meuris, pg. 156). Although lacking the distinct setting of the seashore, this exquisite sculpture can be placed in any environment in which these apples become "strangers to what they see" (Meuris, pg. 156).

This patinated bronze sculpture was created in 2010 after the original 1950 painting by René Magritte (Lessines, 1898 - Brussels, 1967) of the same title. This work is numbered from the edition of 150 and stamp signed 'Magritte' on the back of the left apple. Published by the Magritte Foundation and cast at Fonderie Paumelle, France, this piece is also stamp signed by the Magritte Foundation and Fonderie Paumelle, France on the back of the left apple.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Certificate of Authenticity signed by Charly Herscovici, President of the Magritte Foundation, included with the purchase of this work.
2. Meuris, Jacques. Magritte. London: Greenwich Editions, 1988. Original painting from which this work is derived illustrated and discussed on pg. 156.

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