Belgian surrealist painter, born in Lessines. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. His
first one-man exhibition was in Brussels in 1927. At that time Magritte had already begun to paint in the style,
closely akin to surrealism, that was predominant throughout his long career. A meticulous, skillful technician, he
is noted for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition of ordinary objects or an unusual context that
gives new meaning to familiar things. This juxtaposition is frequently termed magic realism, of which Magritte
was the prime exponent. In addition to fantastic elements, he displayed a mordant wit, creating surrealist
versions of famous paintings, as in Madame Récamier de David, in which an elaborate coffin is substituted for
the reclining woman in the famous portrait by Jacques Louis David. Magritte's work was first shown in the
United States in New York City in 1936 and again in that city in two retrospectives, one at the Museum of
Modern Art in 1965 (U.S. tour, 1966), and the other at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992.
La clef de verre
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