RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)
RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)
RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)
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RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)

La lumière du pôle

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RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)
La lumière du pôle
signed ‘Magritte’ (lower right); inscribed ‘"LA LUMIÈRE DU PÔLE”’ (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
54 3⁄4 x 41 1⁄4 in. (139 x 104.8 cm)
Painted in 1926-1927
Provenance
Galerie Le Centaure, Brussels.
E.L.T. Mesens, Brussels & London, by whom acquired from the above in 1932.
Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, by whom acquired from the above in 1968.
Galleria Internazionale, Milan, by whom acquired from the above in 1968.
Condotti 75 [Maria Laura Drudi Gambillo], Rome (no. 07.49).
Sophia Loren & Carlo Ponti, Rome.
Private collection, Brescia, by whom acquired from the above in the early 1990s.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
P.-G. van Hecke, ed., ‘René Magritte: peintre de la pensée abstraite’, in Sélection, vol. VI, no. 6, Brussels, March 1927, p. 447 (illustrated; titled 'Le Sommet du pôle').
D. Sylvester, ed., René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. I, Oil Paintings, 1916-1930, London, 1992, no. 129, p. 202 (illustrated).
D. Sylvester, Magritte, Brussels, 2009, p. 10 (illustrated; illustrated again p. 8).
S. Levy, Decoding Magritte, Bristol, 2015, p. 122.
A. Danchev & S. Whitfield, Magritte, A Life, London, 2021, pp. 131-132 & 387 (illustrated p. 132).
Exhibited
Brussels, Galerie Le Centaure, Exposition Magritte, April - May 1927, no. 47.
New York, Julien Levy Gallery, René Magritte, January 1938, no. 3.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Dertien belgische schilders, October - November 1952, no. 56.
Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Figuratie, defiguratie. De menselijke figuur sedert Picasso, July - October 1964, no. 170, p. LXII.
London, Zwemmer Gallery, René Magritte, July 1966, no. 3.
Brussels, Galerie Isy Brachot, Magritte, cent cinquante oeuvres: première vue mondiale de ses sculptures, January - February 1968, no. 25 (with inverted dimensions).
Milan, Finarte, Mostra di opere d'arte contemporanea, November 1968, no. 13 (illustrated).
Rome, Condotti 75, circa 1970.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Magritte, October - November 1973, no. 11, p. 35 (illustrated p. 60).
Paris, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Magritte, February - June 2003, p. 61 (illustrated p. 60; with incorrect medium).
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