Rene Magritte

Le Miroir magique [The Magic Mirror]

About this artwork

This is one of a series of 'word paintings' made by Magritte in the late 1920s, in which the words and the image seem to be in conflict. The text and the image are given the same importance even though they contradict each other. Even the exact identity of the object is uncertain, despite the clarity of the style of painting. Magritte loved visual puns and paradoxes and was interested in the relationship between the painted image and the visible world and between text and image.

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  • title:
    Le Miroir magique [The Magic Mirror]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3997
  • artist:
    Rene MagritteBelgian (1898 - 1967)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1929
  • measurements:
    73.00 x 54.50 cm (91.60 x 73.10 x 6.30 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte