Oil on canvas
The canvas in unlined. There is no evidence of retouching visible under ultra-violet light. This work is in excellent original condition. Colours: Overall fairly accurate in the printed catalogue illustration, although stronger in the original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
80 by 60cm.
Liège, Galerie du Carré, René Magritte, 1953, possibly no. 4 Brussels, La Sirène, Œuvres récentes de René Magritte, 1953, no. 2 La Louvière, Maison des Loisirs, René Magritte exposé, 1954, no. 24 Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, René Magritte, 1954, no. 87 Charleroi, Salle de la Bourse, XXXe salon [du] Cercle Royal Artistique et Littéraire de Charleroi - Rétrospective René Magritte, 1956, no. 102 Brussels, Musée d’Ixelles, Magritte, 1959, no. 82 Mons, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Hainaut cinq, 1964, no. 14 Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, René Magritte: het mysterie van de werkelijkhrid/ le mystère de la réalité, 1967, no. 70, illustrated in the catalogue Stockholm, Moderna Museet, René Magritte, 1967, no. 64, illustrated in the catalogue Turin, Galleria Gissi, 12 Maestri del Surrealismo, 1971
Letter from Magritte to Marcel Mariën, 26th March 1952, in Magritte Destination, no. 245 Letter from Alexander Iolas to Magritte, 23rd June 1952 Letter from Magritte to Alexander Iolas, 9th July 1952 Letter from Magritte to Marcel Mariën, 27th July 1952, in Magritte Destination, no. 258 Letter from Magritte to Alexander Iolas, 30th July 1952 Letter from Magritte to Alexander Iolas, 8th January 1953 David Sylvester (ed.), Sarah Whitfield & Michael Raeburn, René Magritte, Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1993, vol. III, no. 783, illustrated p. 202
Willy van Hove-Cuche, Brussels (acquired from the artist by 1955) Private Collection, Italy (acquired by 1971) Acquired by the present owner circa 1980
Signed Magritte (lower left); dated 1952 and titled on the reverse
Painted in 1952.
Property from a Private European Collection
1898 - 1967