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Magritte [Hardcover]

Rene Magritte , Alain Robbe-Grillet
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April 2003
One of the "Great Modern Masters" series of monographs on 20th-century artists, this volume offers an introduction to Rene Magritte, reproducing major works from all periods of his career. A Surrealist, Magritte specialized in visual sleight-of-hand and had a strong interest in language.
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zzdap Publishing (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891024663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891024665
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,204,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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René Magritte, 1898-1967, is one of the artists whose Surrealist works are readily identified, appeal to many of the general public and influenced the later Pop Art and Conceptual Art movements. Within an overall Surrealist context he took a variety of incongruous objects and juxtaposed them in ‘strangely visionary and intellectually confounding ways.’ This book represents the catalogue to an exhibition that was held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, in 1999-2000.

The catalogue contains 72 works that range chronologically from 1926 [“The Desert Catapult”, “The Magician’s Accomplices”, “The Wreckage of the Dark”, “The Denizens of the River” and “The Birth of the Idol”] to 1961 [“The Dominion of Light” and “The Natural Graces”].

The Louisiana Gallery was founded in 1958 by Knud W. Jensen who remained its Director until 1995. He intended it to be a home for modern Danish art. Shortly thereafter, he broadened its focus course Louisiana has now become became an international museum with many internationally renowned works. It is situated on the shore of the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk, 35 km north of Copenhagen and looking across the sea to Sweden. This location, together with its permanent collection and regular exhibitions, makes this one of the most impressive smaller art museums in Europe and well worth a visit at any time of the year.

The Preface was written by Steingrim Laursen, who died in 2007 at the age of 75, and who was the Director of the Louisiana Gallery between 1998-2000. An essay ‘The Visible Secret of René Magritte, illustrated with 14 colour and b/w illustrations, was written by Siegfried Gohr and translated by John William Gabriel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this not a pipe? 7 April 2007
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The catalogue for a comprehensive exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris held in 2003, this book is a very good, well-documented, well-illustrated study of this ubiquitous Belgian artist who has inspired so many contemporary artists and publicists. There is quite a lot of material available on Magritte and I would say this one is one of the safest bets. Daniel Abadie is a leading French modern art historian and curator and his signature is a token of quality.
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