René Magritte


Born
in Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium
November 21, 1898

Died
August 15, 1967

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René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images.

Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, a tailor, and Adeline, a milliner. He began lessons in drawing in 1910. In 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. Magritte was present when her body was retrieved from the water. The image of his mother floating, her dress obscuring her face, may have influenced a 1927–1928 series of paintings of people with cloth obscuring their faces, including Les Amants, but Magritte disliked this explanation. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels for two
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Magritte, The True Art Of P...

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