Rene Magritte, Brussels, 1944
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Rene Magritte, Brussels, 1944 1944
Following time spent on the front-line, Miller stayed on in Europe to document the events after the War. Her accounts were published in British and American Vogue. In November 1944 she spent several days in Brussels where she noted that she found her “favourite modern Belgian painters in good health”. Miller was the first to report on René Magritte’s change in style which occurred in 1943: “he paints now like a streaky Renoir and has a passion for varicoloured naked ladies and mystic bouquets”. This dramatically lit photograph of the painter exhibits Miller’s characteristic use of structures to isolate and frame her subject. Magritte’s face is highlighted against the dark, neutral surface of his coat, which hangs behind him.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4986
  • Medium Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • Size Paper size: 38.90 x 29.90 cm; image size: 26.20 x 25.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007