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Acquired directly from the artist in 1964 by his sister in law Léontine Hoyez-Berger, Brussels.
Pierre Hoyez, Brussels.
Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, by whom acquired directly from the above.
Private collection, Germany, by whom acquired from the above; sale, Christie's, London, 6 February 2001, lot 79.
The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Spanbroek, by whom acquired at the above sale.
PROPERTY FROM THE SCHERINGA MUSEUM OF REALIST ART
The collection of the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art was a high-profile attraction and, in its former setting, welcomed a large number of visitors. The collection managed to combine both breadth and focus, taking its cue from the Magical Realism that inspired the original acquisitions.
Initially, the founder, Dirk Scheringa, focussed on the then-underrated and overlooked Magical Realist artists of his native Holland. Within a short time, enough works had been acquired that they merited public display. Accordingly, the collection was shown in the Lidwina School for Girls, which was opened in 1997 as the Frisia Museum of Magic Realism.
Under the directorship of Emily Ansenk and later Belia van der Giessen, the collection spread its tendrils in a number of directions, and came to include a significant number of works by more modern and contemporary artists such as Fernand Léger, Fernando Botero, Taner Ceylan, Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud and Duane Hanson. All of these works continued to explore variant threads of the realism that had inspired the collections beginnings. However, the original umbrella of Magical Realism was no longer appropriate, and so the collection was renamed the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, exploring and celebrating a range of different realities from a variety of epochs and nations.
Christies is offering a number of works from this impressive collection across a range of sales and categories. It is a tribute to the origins of the collection that the Dutch works of art that formed its core have been acquired by the businessman and philanthropist Hans Melchers, who intends to create a specialist museum in order to exhibit them, giving new life to the dream and again bringing attention to this formerly overlooked area of twentieth century art.
R. Passeron, René Magritte, Paris, 1970, p. 49 (illustrated).
J. Meuris, Magritte, New York, 1990, p. 30 (illustrated).
J. Meuris, René Magritte 1898-1967, Cologne, 1990, (illustrated p. 121).
D. Sylvester, (ed.), S. Whitfield & M. Raeburn, René Magritte, Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, Oil Paintings, Objects and Bronzes 1949-1967, Antwerp, 1993, no. 989, p. 394 (illustrated).
E. Ansenk (ed.), Schilders van een andere werkelijkheid: in de collectie van het Scheringa Museum voor Realisme, Zwolle, 2006, pp. 84-85 & 233 (illustrated).
P. van der Lugt (ed.), Nieuw Realisme: 159 werken uit de collectie van het voormalige Scheringa Museum voor Realisme, Zwolle, 2010, p. 61 (illustrated).
R. Hughes, Magritte en poche, London, 2009, p. 389 (illustrated).
Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 41e salon du Cercle Royal Artistique et Littéraire de Charleroi, Hommage à René Magritte, February 1968, no. 136.
Zurich, Kunsthaus, René Magritte, June - July 1969, no. 109.
Paris, Galerie Isy Brachot, Magritte, February - April 1984, no. 20 (illustrated on the cover of the catalogue).
New York, Arnold Herstand & Co., René Magritte: Paintings, November - December 1986.
Brussels, Galerie Isy Brachot, René Magritte et la pensée, January - February 1993, no. 202.
Montréal, Museum of Fine Arts, Magritte, June - October 1996, no. 31 (illustrated).
Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, René Magritte. Die Kunst der Konversation, November - March 1997, no. 27 (illustrated).
Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, René Magritte 1898-1967, March - June 1998, no. 220 (illustrated). Santiago, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes y el Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica, Magritte/Nougé, March - June 1999, no 25.