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La Représentation [Representation] 1937

Not on display

This was the only time Magritte used a shaped frame for one of his paintings. The painting was originally square, but several months after painting it the artist decided to cut it down and have a new frame specially made. He may have been influenced by a pair of portraits in shaped frames painted by Salvador Dalí the previous year. Magritte wrote that the finished work 'constitutes a rather surprising object, I think.' Magritte was very particular about the titles of his works, and preferred them to be poetic and surprising rather than descriptive.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3546
  • Medium Oil on canvas laid on plywood
  • Size 48.80 x 44.50 cm (frame 54.00 x 49.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1990