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

La méditation

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RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)
La méditation
signed 'Magritte' (lower left); inscribed '"LA MEDITATION"' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
19 7⁄8 x 25 5⁄8 in. (50.5 x 65 cm.)
Painted in 1936
Provenance
Edward James, West Dean, West Sussex, by whom probably acquired from The London Gallery in 1937.
The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, West Sussex; sale, Christie's, New York, 13 November 1984, lot 148.
Private collection, New York, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Literature
L. Scutenaire, Magritte, Antwerp, 1948, pl. 7 (illustrated).
H. Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, New York, 1977, no. 345, n.p. (illustrated; dated '1937' and with incorrect dimensions).
J.J. Spector, 'Magritte's La lampe philosophique: A Study of Word and Image in Surrealism', in Dada/Surrealism, vol. 7, New York, 1 January 1977, pp. 122, 125 & 127 (dated '1937').
D. Sylvester, ed., René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. II, Oil Paintings and Objects, 1931-1948, London, 1993, no. 410, p. 225 (image inverted; illustrated correctly vol. V, p. 30).
Exh. cat., René Magritte, 1948: La période vache, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2008, p. 135 (illustrated fig. III.17, p. 129).
Exhibited
The Hague, Huize Esher Surrey, René Magritte, November - December 1936, no. 10.
London, The London Gallery, Pictures by Young Belgian Artists, January - February 1937, no. 19.
Durham, Dunelt House, Durham Surrealist Festival, November - December 1968, no. 2, p. 14.
London, Tate Gallery, Magritte, February - March 1969, no. 54.
Manchester, City Art Gallery, Surrealist Pictures from the Edward James Collection, May - June 1969, no. 19 (dated '1937'); this Arts Council of Great Britain exhibition later travelled to Birmingham, City Art Museum and Gallery, June - July 1969; Norwich, Norwich Castle Museum, August - September 1969; Hull, Ferrens Art Gallery, September - October 1969; Bath, Holburne of Menstrie Museum, October - November 1969; Plymouth, City Museum of Art, November - December 1969.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Magritte, October - November 1973, no. 32, p. 40 (illustrated p. 80; dated '1937' and with incorrect dimensions).
Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Edward James Collection: Dalí, Magritte and Other Surrealists, August - September 1976, no. 35, p. 9 (dated '1937'; with incorrect dimensions).
London, The Hayward Gallery, Magritte, May - August 1992, no. 73, n.p. (illustrated; with incorrect dimensions); this exhibition later travelled to New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September - November 1992.
Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, René Magritte, March - June 1998, no. 113, p. 129 (illustrated).
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