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René Magritte (1898-1967)
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René Magritte (1898-1967)

Le calligraphe

René Magritte (1898-1967)
Le calligraphe
signed 'Magritte' (bottom right); titled 'LE CALLIGRAPHE' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
12 x 15¾in. (30 x 40cm.)
Painted in 1958
Edgard Goldmuntz, Antwerp.
Anne Alphond, a gift from the above.
Acquired by the father of the present owners circa 1987.
Letter from Magritte to Bosmans, 10 January 1959.
D. Sylvester, René Magritte: Oil Paintings, Objects and Bronzes 1949-1967, London, 1993, no. 891 (illustrated p.301).
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Lot Essay

'The act of painting is performed in order that poetry appear and not in order to reduce the world to a variety of its material aspects. Poetry does not forget the mystery of the world: it is not just a means of evasion nor food for the imagination, it is presence of mind.' (R. Magritte in Rhétorique, June 1963).

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