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The Museum of Magritte in Brussels has the largest collection in the world of this famous Surrealist Artist.
René Magritte was born in Lessines in Belgium in 1898. Sadly, his mother committed suicide by drowning when he was 13. His earliest paintings date from 1915 and were impressionistic in style. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1922 three events happened to change his life and style - he married Georgette Bercher, he exhibited 6 paintings at the Antwerp Congress of Modern Art show and he saw Giorgio de Chirico's work. He started work as a graphic artist. They moved to Paris for three years to join the Surrealist movement where he developed his figurative style that challenged the real world through a naturalistic and highly detailed depiction of ordinary objects and subjects.
He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced Pop art, minimalist and conceptual art.
Here's a selection of works at the Museum, without their titles as the labels didn't show up very well in the dark!
|This is not a pipe - the Treachery of Images|
There are three floors of exhibits, beautifully lit and there's a good view over the City too.
|Le Retour 1922|
|The Listening Room 1953|
Magritte died of pancreatic cancer in 1967.