René Magritte Le Miroir magique [The Magic Mirror] 1929 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2023


Born 1898
Died 1967
Nationality Belgian
Birth place Lessen
Death place Schaerbeek

Magritte was born in Belgium and, apart from a few years spent in Paris in the late 1920s, lived there all his life. Unlike many Surrealists, he did not subscribe to the view that the unconscious could be expressed through chance or 'automatic' techniques. Instead, he planned and executed his paintings with all the deliberation and skill of an academic painter. The results are surprisingly credible images of seemingly illogical scenes. Magritte would undermine logic by tampering with scale and by placing unrelated objects in unexpected settings. A constant theme running through his art is the relationship that exists between the painted image and the visible world, between fiction and reality. Magritte's art blurs the boundaries between the two.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A style of monochromatic painting in shades of grey.


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