The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Magritte.
The present work is a study for Le Domaine enchanté which is the important mural Magritte executed for the Casino at Knokke, Belgium in 1953 (see: D. Sylvester (ed.), René Magritte Catalogue raisonné. Oil Paintings, Objects andBronzes, 1949-1967, London, 1993, vol. III, no. 792).