1898–1967, Belgium

Birth 1898, Belgium
Died 1967, Belgium

Rene Magritte was an internationally acclaimed surrealist artist of all time, yet it was not until his 50s, when he was finally able to reach some form of fame and recognition for his work. Rene Magritte described his paintings saying, "My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?' It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable."

Rene Magritte was born in 1898, to a wealthy manufacturer father. In 1912, his mom was found drowned in the River Sambre. She had committed suicide, and the family was publicly humiliated because of it. From 1916 to 1918, Rene decided to study at the Academie des Beaux-Art, which was located in Brussels. He left the school, because he thought that it was a waste of time. All his paintings afterward reflect cubism, the movements which was introduced by Pablo Picass and was very popular at the time. In 1922 he married Georgette, and took a number of small jobs, including painting cabbage roses for a wallpaper company, in order to be able to pay the bills.

During the early period of his career, shortly following his marriage, Rene Magritte would spend the free time that he had, creating art forms and worked on a number of pieces; it was during this time period that he realized surrealism was the art form which he most enjoyed. The Threatened Assassin was one of his earliest pieces in 1926, which showcased the surrealist style which he had been working on; The Lost Jockey was another piece that he introduced in 1925, which also showcased this art form. Over the course of his career, he produced a number of variants on this piece, and changed the format to recreate what the viewer was experiencing...


René Magritte var en belgisk bildkonstnär född i Lessines. Han studerade vid Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts i Bryssel. En period levde han i Paris och slog sig samman med andra surrealister och blev vän med bland andra André Breton. Till en början skapade Magritte verk inspirerade av futurism och kubism för att senare övergå till surrealistiskt skapande. Hans målningar har ofta ett litterärt uttryck med en underliggande mystik och pendlar mellan verklighet och illusion. Magrittes målningar med män i plommonstop och verket "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" är välkända.

Source: Art Signature Dictionary

La Grande Table by René MAGRITTE

La Grande Table (1962)

Price SEK 14,500,000 (€1,472,475)
Estimated SEK 4,000,000–5,000,000
L'oeil by René MAGRITTE

L'oeil (1968)

Price SEK 28,000 (€3,049)
Estimated SEK 15,000–18,000
La Table by René MAGRITTE

La Table

Price EUR 40,000
Estimated EUR 10,000–15,000
Le Rêve De L'androgyne by René MAGRITTE

Le Rêve De L'androgyne

Price EUR 127,000
Estimated EUR 20,000–22,000
Les Deux Mystères by René MAGRITTE

Les Deux Mystères (1966)

Price USD 18,750 (€14,121)
Estimated USD 5,000–7,000
Två äpplen Med Mask by René MAGRITTE

Två äpplen Med Mask

Price SEK 0 (€0) Not sold
Estimated SEK 12,000
Le Rendez-vous by René MAGRITTE

Le Rendez-vous (1948)

Price USD 3,106,500 (€2,427,264)
Estimated USD 2,500,000–3,500,000

L'oeil" (l'oeil Vert/l'objet) (1968)

Price SEK 30,600 (€3,562) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated SEK 12,000–15,000
Surrealistic Composition by René MAGRITTE

Surrealistic Composition

Price SEK 4,000 (€439)
Estimated SEK 5,000–7,000
La Lecon De Musique by René MAGRITTE

La Lecon De Musique (1968)

Price SEK 9,500 (€1,014)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Ur Les Enfants Trouvés by René MAGRITTE

Ur Les Enfants Trouvés

Price SEK 2,000 (€220)
Estimated SEK 3,000
La Valse Héstitation by René MAGRITTE

La Valse Héstitation (Executed 1971)

Price SEK 12,000 (€1,309)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Les Moyens D Existence by René MAGRITTE

Les Moyens D Existence (Executed 1968)

Price SEK 18,000 (€1,963)
Estimated SEK 18,000–20,000
L Oeil by René MAGRITTE

L Oeil (Executed 1968)

Price SEK 19,000 (€2,073)
Estimated SEK 18,000–20,000
Surrealistisk Komposition by René MAGRITTE

Surrealistisk Komposition

Price SEK 2,500 (€273)
Estimated SEK 2,500
Surrealistisk Komposition by René MAGRITTE

Surrealistisk Komposition

Price SEK 3,800 (€411)
Estimated SEK 2,500
Les Bijoux Indiscrets by René MAGRITTE

Les Bijoux Indiscrets (1963)

Price SEK 60,000 (€5,988)
Estimated SEK 40,000–50,000
La Robe Du Soir by René MAGRITTE

La Robe Du Soir (1955)

Price GBP 1,026,850 (€1,177,592) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 400,000–600,000
Le Baiser by René MAGRITTE

Le Baiser (1957)

Price GBP 1,217,250 (€1,395,942) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 600,000–800,000
Le Faux Miroir by René MAGRITTE

Le Faux Miroir (1952)

Price GBP 373,250 (€428,043) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 220,000–280,000
La Lecon De Musique by René MAGRITTE

La Lecon De Musique (1968)

Price SEK 7,200 (€689)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Le Prêtre Marie by René MAGRITTE

Le Prêtre Marie (1968)

Price SEK 8,000 (€743)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
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