Wednesday, 24 April 2019



Thanks for popping in.

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!
The Horsewoman

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

Golconde 1953

The Breast

The Listening Room 1953

Magritte died of pancreatic cancer in 1967.



  1. I didn't know anything about Magritte before reading this but I know his 'This is not a pipe' from The Fault In Our Stars.

    1. I haven't heard about The Fault in Our Stars either!

  2. It was good that you could take photographs. I'm disappointed when you can't as in our own city's art galleries. Magritte's work is intriguing. I like the first painting and the one of the red orange and green/blue trees.

    1. I took too many, didn't I but they were quite happy. I also like a photo to remind me of a visit, a postcard isn't quite the same.

  3. Some of Magritte's pieces I like but not all.
    Nice to read and look at your post.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you Jan, I rather over did the photos today!

  4. Looks like a fascinating museum to visit. It's good that you could take photos of the paintings. The view over the city is wonderful:)

  5. It was a good view although a few buildings got in the way! The paintings and documents were beautifully displayed and arranged in chronological order. 😊