This publication focuses on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte (1898–1967), creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images. Bringing nearly 80 paintings, collages, and objects together with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, it offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern artist and one of Surrealism’s preeminent painters. Beginning in 1926, when the artist first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, “challenge the real world,” and concluding in 1938—a historically and biographically significant moment just before the outbreak of World War II—the authors trace central strategies and themes from this formative period, particularly those of displacement, isolation, transformation, metamorphosis, the “misnaming” of objects, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states.

Edited by Anne Umland, with additional contributions by Stephanie D'Alessandro, Michel Draguet and Claude Goormans, and Josef Helfenstein with Clare Elliott

  • Format: Softcover
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 11.75 in.
  • Pages: 256