Light Magritte


Magritte was born on November 21, 1898 in the small town Lessin, Belgium. Childhood and adolescence spent in a small industrial town of Charleroi. Life was very hard. In 1912, his mother drowned in the river Sambre, which apparently had a great impression on the then still a teenager of the future artist, however, contrary to popular opinion, we should not overestimate its influence on the work of the author. Magritte made a number of other from childhood, not so tragic, but not less mysterious memories, about which he said that they were reflected in his work (Lecture 1938).

Two years Magritte studied Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, which he left in 1918. During this time he met Georgette Berger, whom he married in 1922 and with whom he lived until his death in 1967. Magritte worked as a painter of posters and advertisements on paper products factory until 1926, when the contract with the Brussels gallery CENTO allowed him to devote himself to painting. In 1926, Magritte creates a surreal picture of "The Lost Jockey," which he regarded as his first successful painting of this kind. In 1927, satisfied his first exhibition. Critics acknowledge its failure, and Georgette Magritte went to Paris where he met Andre Breton and his circle take the Surrealists.

In this group, Magritte did not lose their individuality, but joining it helped Magritte find that brand unique style in which his paintings are recognizable. The artist is not afraid to argue with the other Surrealists, for example, Magritte had a negative attitude to psychoanalysis and in particular to its manifestations in art. Indeed, the nature of his work not so much a psychological as much as a philosophical and poetic, even intelligent. After the termination of the contract with Galerie la Centaure in Brussels Magritte returned and again working with advertising, and then he and his brother opened an agency that gives them a steady income. During the German occupation of Belgium during World War II, Magritte replaced colors and style of his paintings, closer to the style of Renoir: painter felt it was important to cheer up the people and inspire them with hope. However, after the war ceases Magritte write in such a "sunny" style back to its pre-war images of paintings. Recycling and improving them, he finally formed his strange style and is seeking recognition. Magritte died of pancreatic cancer August 15, 1967, leaving unfinished a new version of its possibly the most famous painting "The Empire of Light."

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