"L'Idole", 1965, color lithograph, 400x480mm; 15 7/8" x 19", with full margins. Artist's proof. Signed "Magritte" in the stone, upper right. Signed, annotated and inscribed "E.A." by the artist's wife, Georgette Magritte, in pencil, lower margin. Signed in the stone, lower left, "Henri Deschamps lith". A very good impression with strong colors.
Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was born in Lessines, Belgium. He studied at the Brussels Academy from 1916 to 1918. He was initially influenced by Cubism and Futurism and became the leader of the Belgian Surrealists in the late 1920s. His early Surrealist works are governed by incongruous juxtaposition of unrelated objects. He was profoundly influenced by Georgio de Chirico (1888-1978), reflecting that artist's melancholy in his own works. But Magritte refined his form of Surrealism into a disquieting philosophical argument. His works demonstrate a poetry of the intellect as well as the unconsciousness.
Magritte resented any tendency to read his images as symbols. "If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but thinking of the question that has been raised". The interpretation of an image was the denial of its mystery, the mystery of the invisible. "One cannot speak about mystery, one must be seized by it". His images are to be looked at, not looked into. Magritte's images embrace the sense of what a thing is by making it what it is not. His large rock floating in the sky heightens awareness of the weight of rock. Conversely, the weight of his stone bird in flight heightens awareness of the marvelous buoyancy of a bird. The sight of his alternatives renders reality more mysterious (from About Modern Art, David Sylvester).
"L'Idole" is in a Larson-Juhl Aegean Collection 38 1/2" x 33 3/8" frame. The undulating frame is sky blue with variegated earth tones echoing the colors in the lithograph. The meringue linen outer, blue/violet middle and 8-ply antique white inner mats are acid and lignin free and are protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO ....... $5,500.00