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RenéMagr i t t e BRONZEMUL TI PLES

P HI L I P P EMORE NOE DI T I ONS8AMBE CHE L E RL 7 2 13BE RE L DANGEL UXE MBOURG


I nde x 1 .L e sMe notte sdecui vre

2.L ebouchond' épouv ante

3.L aJ oconde

4.Tête


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L e sMe notte sdeCui vre Pat i nat edandhandpai nt edbr onze Edi t i onl i mi t edasf ol l ows: 300exempl ar i esnumber ed1/ 300t o300/ 300 20ar t i st ' spr oofexempl ar i esnumber edEA1/ 20t oEA20/ 20 Al li nscr i bedwi t hMagr i t t esi gnat ur e,Magr i t t eSuccessi onhal l mar k, st ampedbyt hef oundr yandwi t hMr .Her scovi ci ' scast edt humbpr i nt undert hebase. Cast edbyFoundr yBocquel ,Fr ance,af t ert hepl ast ercast r epr oduct i onoft heVenusdeMi l o,1931,pai nt edbyt hear t i st . Hei ght :183/ 4"( 47, 5cm)


TheVenusdeMi l o TheVenusdeMi l owasdi s c ov er edi nApr i l1820byaGr eekf ar meront hei s l andofMel os( Mi l oi nModer nGr eek )i nt he Cy c l adesar c hi pel ago.TheMar qui sdeRi v i er e,t heFr enc hambas s adort oCons t ant i nopl e,boughtheri nor dert oof f erher t ot hek i ngLoui sXVI I Iwhoi nt ur ndonat edhert ot heLouv r ei n1821. Fr om t henon,s hehasbeenc ons i der edasoneoft hemos tbeaut i f ul wor k sofs c ul pt ur ef r omAnt i qui t y ,c ombi ni ngc l as s i c al her i t ageandmoder ni s m. St r i ppedofherar msandherl ef tl eg,s hei snev er t hel es sc ons er v edi nagoods t at ei ns pi t eofaf ewmar k st hatr es ul t ed f r om i t st r ans f ert oFr anc e.Thes t at uei sc ompos edoft woPar osmar bl ebl oc st hatwer el i nk edatt hedr aper y ,af ewpar t s s c ul pt eds epar at el ywer et henas s embl edbys eal i ng. Shewaspr obabl yc r eat edar ound130100BC dur i ngt heHel l eni s t i cper i od.Theunk nowns c ul pt orwasi ns pi r edby ex ampl esf r om t heCl as s i c al er a:t hehaught ypos t ur e,fi net r ai t soft hef ac e,pul l edbac khai r ,hal fnak edbodyanddr apes r emi ndusoft he6t hCent ur yBCVenus esl i k et heVenusdeCapoue.I tal s opr es ent si nnov at i onss uc hasi t si nt egr at i on i nt oi t sowns pac eac c ent uat i ngi t spr es enc e,t hehel i x l i k emov ementofi t sbodyort her eal i s m oft hedr aper y . I ti ss ugges t edt hatt hes t at uepor t r ay sAphr odi t e( Venusi nLat i n) ;goddes sofl ov e,buthert r uei dent i t yr emai nsamy s t er y . Cer t ai nhi s t or i ansbel i ev et hati ti sar epr es ent at i onof Amphi t r i t e,goddes soft heSeai nMi l o.Themi s s i ngar msal l owonl y s pec ul at i onr egar di ngt hei rpos i t i onandmov ement .Theabs enc eofat t r i but esal l owsmul t i pl ei nt er pr et at i ons :noobj ec t c anc onfi r m hers t at usofgoddes sofl ov e.Nonet hel es s ,s hedi dpos s es sj ewel l er yasanc hormar k sar ev i s i bl e.Mor eov er , as mal lbr onz es t at uet hats t r angel yr es embl edt ot heVenus ,di s c ov er eddur i ngex c av at i onsatPompei i ,i ss us pec t edt o beac opy .I nonehands hehol dsherhai randi nt heot herami r r or :s hewoul dt husbeac oquet t eVenusadmi r i ngherown beaut y .Howev er ,t her ei snoc er t ai nt y .Thi smy s t er i ousi dent i t yc oupl edwi t ht heVenus ’ sbeaut yex pl ai nswi t houtadoubt hergr eatnot or i et yandt hec ont i nuousf as c i nat i ons hehasi ns t i gat eds i nc eherdi s c ov er y .

Magr i t t eandt heSur r eal i stobj ect s Thefi r s tper s onalex hi bi t i onof Magr i t t eatt heBr us s el sMus éedesBeaux ar t si n1933s howed,amongs tpai nt i ngs pr oduc edi nPar i sandBr us s el s( t heHumanCondi t i onandt heTr eac her yofi mages ) ,t woobj ec t s .Nougé’ spr ef ac et ot he ex hi bi t i on,ent i t l ed“ Thef ut ur eofs t at ues ”( namespos s es s edbyt heVenusandamor t uar ymas katt hatt i me) ,f oc us es near l ys ol el yont hes e.Thes ec ons i s toft woi ndus t r i alpl as t erc as t st hatwer epai nt edbyMagr i t t e.Ac l oudys k ywas pai nt edonNapol eon’ smor t uar ymas kwhi l et heVenuspos s es s esawhi t ef ac e,pi nkt or s oandbl uedr apes .TheVenusde Mi l o’ st hemei sus edbyMagr i t t ei nhi spai nt i ngs( t heFl y i ngSt at ue,1927,t hePebbl e,1948) .Byt hebegi nni ngoft he30s , t hes ur r eal i s tobj ec twasoni t swayt obec omi nganar tofgr eati nv ol v ement .Nougéus eshi spr ef ac et odemons t r at et hat Magr i t t ewasapi oneer .I ndeed,f ol l owi ngt heex hi bi t i onatt heBeaux ar t s ,t hefi r s tgr oupi ngofs ur r eal i s tobj ec t st ookpl ac e atPi er r eCol e’ sgal l er yi nPar i s .I n1936t heex hi bi t i onofSur r eal i s tobj ec t st ookpl ac eatChar l esRat t on’ sf ol l owedt hen byt heSur r eal i s tObj ec t s&Poemsex hi bi t i onatt heLondonGal l er yi n1937.Ot herobj ec t ss ubs equent l yf ol l oweds uc has Thi si sapi ec eof c hees e,1936,Homaget oPas c al ,1945,t heBot t l esdur i ngt he40s . . .

Magr i t t e’ sVenus Magr i t t epai nt edt heVenusdeMi l of ourc ons ec ut i v et i mes( 1931,1934,and1936)i nanat t emptt ogi v eheranew “ unex pec t edl i f e” . Thatof1931wasor der edbyLoui sSc ut enai r eandI r eneHamoi raf t erhav i ngs eenas i mi l aronei nMagr i t t e’ swor k s hop t hatwasaboutt obehandedt oac ol l ec t or .Thatof1934,s l i ght l ybi gger ,fi gur edi nt heLondonex hi bi t i onof1937aswel l asi n1938i nt hes amepl ac ef oraper s onal ex hi bi t i on.Shewoul dhav ebel ongedt oMagr i t t ehi ms el f ,Mes ensandRol and Penr os e.I twass t i l l l oc at edi nLondoni n1940whendes t r oy edduet obombi ngs .Fi nal l y ,t hatof1936wasdes t i nedt obe ex hi bi t edatChar l esRat t on’ si nt hes amey ear .Br et on,bei ngc l os el yl i nk edt ot heor gani s at i onoft hi sex hi bi t i on,was as k edt ofi ndat i t l ei nal et t eri nwhi c ht heMagr i t t edi s c us s est heVenus :


" Thi sobj ectr emi ndsusoft hemasksonwhi chIpai nt edt hesky ,oraf or est .Her e,t heheadi swhi t e,t hebodyi sfleshcol our ed,t hedr aper yi sbl ueandt hepedest alandsect i onedl i mbsar ebl ack.I nmyopi ni on,t hi sr est or esanew “ unexpect edl i f e”t ot heVenus. " Br et onanswer swi t ht hef ol l owi ng: " Ir esi gnmysel f t opr oposi ngapur el ypoet i ct i t l e:t he“ CopperHandcuf f s”whi chIbel i evehast headvant ageof i ncor por at i nganewcol ouri nt heobj ectyetwi t houti nt r oduci ngt hear bi t r ar yascopperi st hemet alcor r espondi ng t ot heVenus."


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L eBouchond' épouv ante Pat i nat edbr onze Edi t i onl i mi t edasf ol l ows: 250exempl ar i esnumber ed1/ 250t o250/ 250 20ar t i st ' spr oofexempl ar i esnumber edEA1/ 20t oEA20/ 20 Al li nscr i bedwi t hMagr i t t esi gnat ur e,Magr i t t eSuccessi onhal l mar k, st ampedbyt hef oundr yandwi t hMr .Her scovi ci ' scast edt humbpr i nt undert hebase. Cast edbyFoundr yPaumel l e,Fr ance,af t ert heobj ect LeBouchond' épouvant e( bowl erhatandl abel ,1966) . 91/ 2x4x53/ 4"( 24x10x14, 5cm)


I nal et t erof21May1966,Magr i t t egav eMar c elMabi l l ei ns t r uc t i onsf ormak i ngt hi sobj ec t .Theoi lpai nt i ngoft hei mage wasal r eadyc ompl et ed,ornear l ys o.Hewr ot e: MydearMabi l l e, I nor dert oaddt oy ourc ol l ec t i onofobj ec t sdr eamtbyme,Iwoul ds ugges tt hef ol l owi ng.I tc ons i s t sofa' bowl erhat ' ont o whi c hal abel i sgl ued.I fy ouwantt hi sobj ec t ,her ei st he' modusoper andi ' 1.y oubuyabl ac kbowl erhat 2.y ougetal abel pr i nt edl i k et hos eonol dphar mac yj ar st obes t uc kont hehat :ongol dpaperi nbl ac k' bl oc k s ' l et t er swi t h abl ac kbor der . Theobj ec twi l l bec al l ed' t hehor r endouss t opper .' Amongt heway st o' di s pl ay 't hi sobj ec ti ts eemst omet hatas or tof gl as sbox-l i k eas quar eďŹ s ht ank-woul dbe s ui t abl e? Thehatpl ac edonas t andwi t hi nt hebox . Mabi l l es ai dl at ert hatMagr i t t es i gnedt hr eel abel sf orhi m,al lpr i nt edi nr edandbl ac konwhi t epaper ,of whi c ht wower e us edt oc r eat ev er s i onsoft hi sobj ec t .


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L aJ oconde Pat i nat edbr onze Edi t i onl i mi t edasf ol l ows: 300exempl ar i esnumber ed1/ 300t o300/ 300 20ar t i st ' spr oofexempl ar i esnumber edEA1/ 20t oEA20/ 20 Al li nscr i bedwi t hMagr i t t esi gnat ur e,Magr i t t eSuccessi onhal l mar k, st ampedbyt hef oundr yandwi t hMr .Her scovi ci ' scast edt humbpr i nt undert hebase. Cast edbyFoundr yPaumel l e,Fr ance,af t ert hebr onzecastoft he si mi l arscul pt ur e,1967,desi gnedbyt hear t i st . 341/ 4x22x13"( 83x56x33cm)


I nJ anuar y1967,s ev enmont hsbef or ehi sdeat h,Magr i t t edec i dedt opr oduc es c ul pt ur esbas edonhi smos tembl emat i c pai nt i ngs .Het r ans l at ed8ofhi swor k si nt ol ar ges c al es c ul pt ur esi n3di mens i onsenabl i nghi mt oex pr es st het r uenat ur e ofhi swor kwi t hs t r angeandi nc ongr uousobj ec t sandpat t er ns .Unf or t unat el y ,Magr i t t ewoul dnev erbeabl et os eet he fi ni s heds c ul pt ur es :hi sdeat hont he15t hof Augus toft hepr ec i s es amey ear1967oc c ur r edj us taf t erhav i ng“ r ec t i fi ed, modi fi ed,r es c ul pt edc er t ai npar t sands i gnedt hewaxmodel st hatal l owedt hec r eat i onoft hemoul dsi nwhi c hwoul dbe c as thi sbr onz es c ul pt ur es ”att heGi bi es s ef oundr yi nVer ona. Ac c or di ngt ohi smer c hantI ol as ,Magr i t t ehadt houghtofpai nt i ngas k y" àl aMagr i t t e"ont hebi gges tofc ur t ai ns ,t hes ame wayhehaddonei nhi spai nt i ngs .Oneoft het wopr epar at or ydr awi ngsoft hes c ul pt ur eswasr epr oduc edi nI ol as ’c at al ogueanddepi c t edapenc i l dr awi ngoft hel at t erc ur t ai ns .I ti spos s i bl et hatt hes c ul pt ur ewas n’ tfi ni s hedasMagr i t t ehadn’ t y etac c ompl i s hedt hedes i r eds k y( i tal s or emai nst heonl ywaxmodel t hatMagr i t t ehadn’ ts i gned) .Thear t i s t ’ spr oofoft hi s s c ul pt ur ewass enti n1968t oGeor get t eMagr i t t e,t hear t i s t ’ swi dowandwass ol dt oLondon’ sSot heby ’ sdur i ngt hedi s per s i onofMagr i t t e’ swor k s hop.Oneoft hem i sex hi bi t edatt heMus eeMagr i t t ei nBr us s el sandt he5/ 5ex ampl ewasr ec ent l y s ol datChr i s t i e’ sf or2, 280, 000$. Thes c ul pt ur ei sbas edonLaJ oc ondepai nt i ng,1960,c ompos edoft hr eei ndependentc ur t ai ns ,oneofwhi c hMagr i t t e’ s wor k s ’ i nher ents k yandc l oudswaspai nt edupon,andar i ngbel l al s of oundi nmanyofMagr i t t e’ sar t wor k s .Magr i t t eus ed t hi sc ur t ai nmot i fi nnumer ouspai nt i ngsanddr awi ngsdur i ngt hel as tdec adeofhi sl i f e( L’ I mageens oi ,1961,as i mi l ar c ompos i t i on pai nt ed f orAndr é Br et on,Le Beau Monde,1962,La Pei ne per due,1962,c ommi s s i oned by Har r y T or c k z y ner ) .Thet i t l ewasf oundbySuz iGabl i c k ,anAmer i c anhi s t or i anofar tt hatl i v edwi t ht heMagr i t t edur i ngt het i me ofherwor kont hear t i s ti nt hatper i od.Asaf ur t hernot e,t hepai nt i nghasr ec ent l ybeens ol dataLondonauc t i onaf t er hav i ngbeendi s pl ay edf oray earatt heMus eeMagr i t t ei nBr us s el s . Thepai nt i ngt her ef or euni t esc er t ai nel ement st hatar emos tr eoc c ur r i ngi nMagr i t t e’ si c onogr aphy( t hes k y ,t hepebbl e,t he c ur t ai ns ) ,al lr epr es ent edonaneut r albac k gr oundunl i k et heot hers er i esof“ c ur t ai ns ” .Thec ompos i t i oni sdomi nat edby t hes emonument alc ur t ai nswi t hwhi c hMagr i t t ej ux t apos esoppos i t es( t hepar adoxofhi di ngorr ev eal i ng,t hec ont r as t bet weennat ur eandhumanc r eat i ons ,t hei nt er i or sandex t er i or s ) ,andbyc onf r ont i ngt hes eel ement sMagr i t t eev ok est he es s ent i alSur r eal i s tpar adi gm.Thi spar adi gm c ons i s t sofques t i oni ngour s el v esont hepur pos eands i gni fi c anc et hatwe at t r i but et odi f f er entobj ec t sandt or ev ealnew s i gni fi c anc esbypl ac i ngt hes eobj ec t si ndi f f er entc ont ex t s .Thec ent r al c ur t ai nwi t hi t shar s hedgesc anev ok ec er t ai nc ol l agesofc utpaperpr oduc eddur i ngt he20sandMagr i t t ehadt hef ol l owi ngex pl anat i onr egar di ngt hemi x t ur eoft hes k yandt hec ur t ai n:“ t hes k yt ak est hes hapeofac ur t ai nbec aus ei ti shi di ng s omet hi ng...wear es ur r oundedbyc ur t ai ns ” .Ther ef or e,wec ans eet hr ought hes ec ur t ai nst hedec ept i v enat ur eoft he pai nt edobj ec tc ompar edt owhati tr eal l yr epr es ent s ,t husex pl ai ni ngt he“ s t agi ng”oft hec ur t ai nss i mi l art oat heat r es t age.


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TĂŞte Handpai nt edbr onze Edi t i onl i mi t edasf ol l ows: 300exempl ar i esnumber ed1/ 300t o300/ 300 20ar t i st ' spr oofexempl ar i esnumber edEA1/ 20t oEA20/ 20 Al li nscr i bedwi t hMagr i t t esi gnat ur e,Magr i t t eSuccessi onhal l mar k, st ampedbyt hef oundr yandwi t hMr .Her scovi ci ' scast edt humbpr i nt undert hebase. Cast edbyFoundr yBocquel ,Fr ance,af t ert hepl ast ercast ,pai nt edby t hear t i st ,1960. Hei ght :153/ 4"( 40cm)


‘ Cat al oguer ai s onne,v ol I I I ,p.445,N. 1080&1081’ Conc er ni ngNo1080:“ I tc onc er nsoneoft het woi dent i c alv er s i onsoft hi spl as t erHeadt hatc anbedat edt ot hi sper i od t hank st ot hei rappear anc ei nt woofMagr i t t e’ sfi l ms ,oneunt ouc hedf r om t hel at e50sandt heot her ,pai nt ed,i na1960 fi l m[ . . . ] Themoul ds ,whi c hc oul dpos s i bl yhav ec omef r om t heMai s onBer ger ,ar ei dent i c alt ot hatus edbyMagr i t t ef or mul t i pl ev er s i onsofLaMémoi r e( pai nt i ngs :1942,1945,1948,pai nt edobj ec t si n1942&1945)oroft hepai nt i ngsDeep Wat er s( 1941) . Thefi r s tbel ongedt oGeor get t eMagr i t t eandwass ol datLondon’ sSot heby ’ sdur i ngMagr i t t e’ sgal l er y ’ sdi s per s i on( l otNo 865,es t .£8000£10000) . Theot herwasac qui r edbyLeont i neHoy ez Ber ger( Magr i t t e’ ss i s t eri nl aw)and gi v en t o ac ol l ec t or . Conc er ni ngt hepai nt i ngs :t het i t l e“ LaMémoi r e”i st houghtt ohav ebeenf oundbyMar i en.TheHead,ofwhi c hMagr i t t e hadboughtmul t i pl eex ampl esatt heMai s onBer gerandamoul dofanoni dent i fi eds c ul pt ur e.Ac c or di ngt oLeont i ne Hoy ez Ber ger ,i tc oul dbe“ L’ i nc onnuedel aSei ne”( ay oungwomanofunk nowni dent i t ywhos emor t uar ymas kbec ame apopul aror namentont hewal l sofar t i s t s ’ hous esaf t er1900.Herf ac ei st hes our c eofi ns pi r at i onf ormanywor k sofl i t er at ur e,asmuc hi nFr enc hasi not herl anguages ) .Shewaspr ov ent obewr ong,howev ert hef ac tt hats hehadt houghtoft he l i nkwi t ht hemor t uar ymas ki si nt er es t i ngasi ti spr obabl et hatMagr i t t ehadt houghtoft hes amet hi ng. Thec ompos i t i onof“ LaMémoi r e”pai nt i ngsi si nt er es t i ngi nt hec as eof Magr i t t e’ swor k :i tc anr emi ndusof‘ TheSongof Lov e’ofDeChi r i c o:t hank st oar epr oduc t i on,Magr i t t edi s c ov er edi n1923t hi spai nt i ngofDeChi r i c o( 18881978) .The met aphy s i c alI t al i anpai nt eri nt r oduc esi nt hewor l dofappear anc es ,my s t er i ouspoet r y .Thef ami l i arandc ommonobj ec t bec omeseni gmat i c .Tr oubl i ngs i l enc eands hadowsar ei nt egr at edi nt os t i l ls pac es .Magr i t t eupunt i lt henhads t at edt hat nei t herc ubi s m,norf ut ur i s m norabs t r ac tar thadenabl edhi mt o“ r enderobs er v abl et her eal i t yoft hewor l d” ,howev erhe wasdeepl ymov edbyDeChi r i c o’ spi ec e.Hec ons i der si tast hewor kof :“ t hegr eat es tpai nt erofourt i measi tdev el ops t heas c endanc eofpoet r yonpai nt i ngandt hev ar i edt ec hni quesofpai nt i ng” .Heal s os t at edt hatDeChi r i c owast hefi r s t t o:“ dr eam ofwhathadt obepai nt edi ns t eadoft hewayi thadt obepai nt ed” . Thi sdi s c ov er ymar k edt hes t ar tofhi ss ur r eal i s tr es ear c h.“ TheLos tJ oc k ey ” ,1926,i sc ons i der edashi sfi r s t“ s ur r eal i s t ”pi ec e.Theobj ec tbec omesf r om t her eont he k eyc omponenti nMagr i t t i an“ ar c hi t ec t ur e” . Ev ent hought hi s pi ec ei st oday l os t ,we ar e abl et ofi nd s ome ofi t s c har ac t er i s t i c si not herv er s i onst hatMagr i t t ehadpai nt edi ndi f f er entper i ods . Av er s i onof“ LaMémoi r e” ,1945,wasus edont hec ov eroft heweek l yc ommuni s tj our nal LaCl ar t ei nBr us s el s ,1946.The pi ec ewasapai nt i ngpr es ent edasapr i z ei nar af fl eor gani z edbyt hel at t er !


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