Magritte (mä-grêt´), René
Belgian painter whose surreal works, such as _Steps of Summer_ (1938), depict ordinary objects in unexpected or implausible situations.
Magritte, René François Ghislain
Magritte, René François
Ghislain (1898-1967), Belgian surrealist painter, prime exponet of the
style of painting known as magic realism. Born
in Lessines, Magritte had already begun to paint in his own distinct
style by the time of his first solo exhibition in 1927. He is noted
for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition of ordinary
objects or an unusual context that gives new meaning to familiar
My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question "What does that mean"? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable."
- René Magritte
Oil on canvas,1938; 147 x 98.7 cm
81x65 cm oil