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    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 150

    René Magritte (1898-1967)

    Music (Design for a page heading)

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    René Magritte (1898-1967)
    Music (Design for a page heading)
    signed 'Magritte' (lower right)
    brush and pen and India ink and collage on paper
    3 1/8 x 10¾ in. (8 x 27.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1926

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    This is the original design for the heading for page six of the January 1927 issue of Music, a monthly review of dance and music edited by E.L.T. Mesens, and published between October 1926 and January 1927. According to Sylvester, the collage elements are taken from the piano score of The Girls of Gottenberg, a source frequently used by the artist in his papiers collés.

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    (probably) Brook Street Gallery, London, by the mid-1970s.
    Arte Centro SAS, Milan (no. 8026).

    Pre-Lot Text



    E.L.T. Mesens (ed.), Music, January 1927, p. 6 (illustrated).
    D. Sylvester (ed.), René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. I, Oil Paintings: 1916-1930, London, 1992, fig. 89 (illustrated p. 59).
    D. Sylvester (ed.), René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. V, Supplement, London, 1997, no. X24 (illustrated p. 89).


    Milan, Galleria Blu, Fuoco Sacro - Da Schiele a Fontana, December 1998 - February 1999.