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René Magritte
LA VALSE HÉSITATION
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 912,000 USD
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39
René Magritte
LA VALSE HÉSITATION
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 912,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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René Magritte
1898 - 1967
LA VALSE HÉSITATION
Signed Magritte (lower right);  titled, signed and dated LA VALSE HÉSITATION Magritte 1955 on the reverse
Gouache on paper
10 1/2 by 13 3/4 in.
26.5 by 35 cm
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Provenance

Mrs. Van Den Broeck, Brussels (acquired from the artist)

Guy Pieters Gallery, Deurle (acquired from the above)

Private Collection, Belgium (acquired from the above)

Literature

David Sylvester, Sarah Whitfield & Michael Raeburn, René Magritte Catalogue Raisonné, vol. V, London, 1993, no. 1394a, illustrated

Catalogue Note

The obscuring of identity and the destabilization of the known world were constant themes in Magritte's art.  The masked apples depicted in the present work from 1955, La Valse hésitation, first appeared in a 1950 oil of the same title.  Magritte continued to incorporate the motif into several of his compositions over the next two decades with the interchangable title, Le Prêtre Marié.  The contradictions inherent in both of these titles was indicative of the tantalizing subtext of the present work.   The apples, known as the fruits of carnal knowledge, are seductively anthropomorphized by masks.  By masking the apples, Magritte also turns the tables on an object which he often used to mask his own face (see fig. 1).     

The first owner of this work was Mrs. Van Den Broeck, the proprietress of "Vincent," which was one of Magritte's favorite restaurants on the rue des Dominicains in Brussels. 

Fig. 1, The artist in one of his signature poses with an apple obscuring his face.  Photograph by  Bijtebier, Brussels

 

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