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    Sale 7601

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 214

    René Magritte (1898-1967)

    La parabole

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    René Magritte (1898-1967)
    La parabole
    signed 'Magritte' (upper right)
    gouache, watercolour, brush and ink and wash on paper
    3¼ x 4¾ in. (8.2 x 12.2 cm.)
    Executed in early 1955

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    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from the Comité Magritte.
    It is listed in the catalogue raisonné as an oil on canvas, but at the time of the publication the work's location, medium and size were unknown. This gouache was first published in Paul Colinet's La Carte d'après nature, no. 9, August 1955, to illustrate his poem La parabole.

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    Paul Colinet, Brussels, a gift from the artist.
    A gift from the above to the present owner.


    P. Colinet, 'La parabole' in La Carte d'après nature, Brussels, no. 9, August 1955.
    A. Bosmans, 'Une autre paire de manches', in Rhétorique, Tilleur-lez-Liège, no. 6, July 1962.
    M. Lecomte, 'Quelques tableaux de Magritte et les textes qu'ils ont suscités' in Bulletin des Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique/Bulletin der Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussels, no. 1-2, 1964, p. 109.
    D. Sylvester, René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. III, Oil Paintings, Objects and Bronzes, 1949-1967, London, 1993, no. 824 (incorrectly described as an oil on canvas; illustrated p. 245).