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René Magritte
[Belgian Surrealist Painter, 1898-1967]

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Magritte was born on November 21, 1898, in the town of Lessines, Belgium. He was a Surrealist who used out of place and out of proportion imagery to provoke thought.

His accessible and vivid Surrealism caught on in the 1960s and his works (or variations on them) were popularized as album covers for such artists as Jeff Beck, Jackson Browne and Styx.

 


 
    René Magritte Works Online    
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Original works by René Magritte available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
 
 
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteMagritte Museum, Brussels, Belgium
The major new museum associated with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts

Notable SiteRene Magritte at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
11 works online when last checked

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
4 works online

Notable SiteRene Magritte at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
2 works by Rene Magritte

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Les Amants [The lovers]

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Perspective: Madame Récamier by David

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Voice of Space, 1931
Empire of Light, 1953-54

Notable SiteRenée Magritte Museum, Brussels, Belgium
A smaller museum located in the house where Magritte lived and worked for 24 years

Notable SiteRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
Many works online

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff
The Empty Mask, 1928

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK
The Flavour of Tears

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (partly in Spanish)  

Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York
Flash slideshow; Click "Works on Paper" and navigate to work #24

Indiana State University Art Collection

Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University
The Last Jockey, gouache and collage, 1926

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
The Empty Mask, 1928

Rene Magritte in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
5 works online

MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
(You need to click the "right" arrow fourteen times)

Museo del Territorio Biellese, Biella, Italy (in Italian)  
L'épreuve du sommeil

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Le Modèle Rouge III, 1937

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature)

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
4 works by Magritte

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
In praise of dialectics

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Les Bijoux indiscretes, 1963

Norwich Museums, England
La Condition Humaine

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
L'Introuvable, 1964

Philadelphia Museum of Art
(Tip: On the zoom-in page, use the slider bar to magnify the image)
The Six Elements

Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Click thumbnails #5 and #6 for paintings by Magritte

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (in Spanish)  

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

San Diego Museum of Art, California
Requires Flash: Click on "M", then select artist name

Scheringa Museum voor Realisme, Spanbroek, Netherlands
(Click on the artwork titles, not the thumbnails)

Rene Magritte at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

State Museums of Berlin
Gaspard de la nuit, 1965

State Museums of Florence, Italy
The Happy Donor, 1966

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran
Le Chemin du Ciel

The Albertina, Vienna
The Enchanted Spot, 1953

The Menil Collection, Texas
L'empire des lumiéres (The Dominion of Light), 1954

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
- to switch to English, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "English Version"
- images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image

La clef des champs, 1936

 
National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Flemish Art Collection, Belgium
Perspective II, Manet's Balcony, 1950

Flemish Art Collection, Belgium
L'attentat (The Assault), 1932

Flemish Art Collection Database, Belgium (in Dutch)  

 
Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Artarchiv Sample Artist Signatures
Scroll down to signature 285

Christie's Past Sale Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

 
Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteRene Magritte in the Art Renewal Center
2 works online

Notable SiteArtcyclopedia
Masterscan feature: The Listening Room

Notable SiteRene Magritte at CGFA

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Home

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web

Olga's Gallery

The ArtFile

The Halter Collection
4 paintings online

University of Michigan SILS Art Image Browser

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteRené Magritte Foundation

Collection New York (a private collector who has put some of his or her collection online)
5 works online

Dickinson Agents and Dealers in Fine Art, London, UK -- Notable past sales

s u r r e a l i s t . c o m
Philosophy in the Boudoir
The Man in the Bowler Hat


The Legacy Project
"A gathering place for people interested in the enduring legacies of the many violent traumas of the 20th century"

 
Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteAnswers.com reference works  
See the "Photography Encyclopedia" entry, which is actually from The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (2005)

Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Rene Magritte  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteGrove Dictionary of Art Online (excerpt)  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Artnet Magazine
The Interpretation of Dreams

Brain-Juice - 20th Century Biographies

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

Time Magazine
"The Poker-Faced Enchanter", 1992 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Enter the Stolid Enchanter: A Rene Magritte retrospective", 1979 article by Robert Hughes

 
Multimedia:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interactive Flash feature: Rene Magritte's Les Valeurs personnelles

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interactive Flash feature: Magritte and Surrealism


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The Portable Magritte


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Rene Magritte


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Rene Magritte: Thoughts Rendered Visible


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Rene Magritte


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Masters of Art: Magritte


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Rene Magritte


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Rene Magritte: Catalogue Raisonne


 
 
 
 
 



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