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René MAGRITTE | Les Amants [The lovers]
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René MAGRITTE
Belgium 1898 – 1967
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Les Amants
[The lovers]
1928
oil on canvas
54.0 (h) x 73.0 (w) cm
Frame 75.6 (h) x 94.8 (w) x 5.5 (d) cm
signed l.r., oil "Magritte", not dated
Purchased 1990
NGA 1990.1583
© Rene Magritte. Licensed by ADAGP & VISCOPY, Australia
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Biography

René Magritte was born on 21 November 1898, at Lessines, in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. In March 1912 his mother died by drowning, a personal tragedy that affected the artist throughout life. From 1916 he studied intermittently at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels where his family settled in 1918. For income, he designed wallpapers. In the early 1920s he began a long and fruitful collaboration with the Surrealists, first in Brussels where a local group had is own reviews and meetings, and then in Paris where he spent three years from 1927 to 1930. Inspired by the example of Giorgio de Chirico and the collages of Max Ernst, the strange dream-like images in Magritte's pictures, painted in the most matter-of-fact style, had a profound effect on the course of Surrealist painting. In 1930 he returned to Brussels where he remained for the rest of his life. IN 1936 he was represented in the Museum of Modern Art's 'Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism' exhibition and the 'International Surrealist Exhibition' in London. During the 1940s he had a number of solo exhibitions in Brussels, London and Paris, and in 1954 was given a large retrospective at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Two major retrospective exhibitions of his work were held in the 1960s, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and at the Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and reflect Magritte's growing importance to a new generation of artists. Magritte died in Brussels on 15 August 1967.

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