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Magritte (Big Art) Hardcover – 30 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (30 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822872156
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822872154
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 2 x 30.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jacques Meuris is a writer, photographer, and art critic; he is the author of numerous books, catalogue articles and commentaries on modern art, literature and photography. Meuris is Professor Emeritus of the Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels (La Cambre, Brussels), a member of the Libre Academie de Belgique, and a director of the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art (AICA). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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