René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle

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The Face of Genius, 1926-27

René Magritte - The Face of Genius, 1926-27
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Face of Genius, 1926-27. Oil on canvas. 75 x 65 cm (29 1/2 x 25 9/16 in.) Musée d'Ixelles, Brüssel. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011

Traveling June 24, 2011-February 26, 2012 to London and Vienna


René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle celebrated the artist's long career with some 250 works, 150 of which included all of his major paintings. Additionally, the exhibition offered works on paper, Magritte's early commercial art, photographic experiments, and a series of his late short films. The show was presented by period in thirteen "chapters" ranging from Magritte's early Surrealist paintings, to his Post-War experiments and kitschy période vache ("cow period"), to his late Empire of Light series -- united throughout by green apples, veils, and the ubiquitous gentlemen in bowler hats ... with or without heads underneath.

René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle was jointly organized by Tate Liverpool (on view June 24 through October 16, 2011) and the Albertina, Vienna (on view November 9, 2011 through February 26, 2012).

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The Menaced Assassin, 1927

René Magritte - The Menaced Assassin, 1927
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Menaced Assassin, 1927. Oil on canvas. 150.4 x 195.2 cm (59 3/16 x 76 13/16 in.). Kay Sage Tanguy Fund. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Night Owl, 1927-28

René Magritte - The Night Owl, 1927-28
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Night Owl, 1927-28. Oil on canvas. 55 x 74 cm (21 5/8 x 29 1/8 in.). Folkwang Museum, Essen. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Lovers, 1928

René Magritte - The Lovers, 1928
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Lovers, 1928. Oil on canvas. 54 x 73.4 cm (21 3/8 x 28 7/8 in.). Gift of Richard S. Zeisler. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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Man with a Newspaper, 1928

René Magritte - Man with a Newspaper, 1928
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). Man with a Newspaper, 1928. Oil on canvas. 115.6 x 81.3 cm (45 1/2 x 32 in.). Tate Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Reckless Sleeper, 1928

René Magritte - The Reckless Sleeper, 1928
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Reckless Sleeper, 1928. Oil on canvas. 116 x 81 x 2 cm (45 5/8 x 31 7/8 x 3/4 in.). Tate Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Magic Mirror, 1929

René Magritte - The Magic Mirror, 1929
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Magic Mirror, 1929. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54.5 cm (28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.). Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Annunciation, 1930

René Magritte - The Annunciation, 1930
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Annunciation, 1930. Oil on canvas. 113.7 x 145.9 cm (44 3/4 x 57 7/16 in.). Tate Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Future of Statues, 1937

René Magritte - The Future of Statues, 1937
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Future of Statues, 1937. Painted plaster. 33 x 16.5 x 20.3 cm (13 x 6 7/16 x 8 in.). Tate Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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Representation, 1937

René Magritte - Representation, 1937
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). Representation, 1937. Oil on canvas laid on plywood. 48.8 x 44.5 cm (19 3/16 x 17 1/2 in.). Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Spirit of Geometry, 1937

René Magritte - The Spirit of Geometry, 1937
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Spirit of Geometry, 1937. Gouache on paper. 37.5 x 29.2 cm (14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.). Tate Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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Time Transfixed, 1938

René Magritte - Time Transfixed, 1938
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). Time Transfixed, 1938. Oil on canvas. 147 x 98.7 cm (57 7/8 x 38 7/8 in.). The Art Institute of Chicago. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Empire of Light, II, 1950

René Magritte - The Empire of Light, II, 1950
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Empire of Light, II, 1950. Oil on canvas. 78.8 x 99.1 cm (31 x 39 in.). Gift of D. and J. de Menil. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Kiss, 1951

René Magritte - The Kiss, 1951
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Kiss, 1951. Oil on canvas. 59.2 x 77.2 cm. (23 5/16 x 30 3/8 in.). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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Personal Values, 1952

René Magritte - Personal Values, 1952
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). Personal Values, 1952. Oil on canvas. 80.01 x 100.01 cm (31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.). Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis. Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Great Family, 1963

René Magritte - The Great Family, 1963
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Great Family, 1963. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm (39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in.). Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011 © VBK Vienna, 2011
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Baucis' Landscape, 1966

René Magritte - Baucis' Landscape, 1966
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). Baucis' Landscape, 1966. Oil on canvas. 55.6 x 45.7 cm (21 7/8 x 18 in.). The Menil Collection, Houston. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011
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The Pilgrim, 1966

René Magritte - The Pilgrim, 1966
René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Pilgrim, 1966. Oil on canvas. 81 x 65 cm (31 7/8 x 25 9/16 in.). Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ross Collection. © Charly Herscovici, Brussels - 2011© VBK Vienna, 2011