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René Magritte
1898 - 1967
signed Magritte and dated 24. (lower left)
pen and ink on paper
24.8 by 30.3cm., 9 3/4 by 11 7/8 in.
Executed in 1924.
Some of the flowers were executed by E.L.T. Mesens.
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E.L.T. Mesens, Brussels (a gift from the artist in 1924)
Georges Melly, London (a gift from the above in 1968; sale: Sotheby's, London, 25th March 1992, lot 48)
Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, Antwerp (purchased at the above sale)
H.G. Collection, Knokke
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts; Paris, Musée National d'art Moderne & Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Rétrospective René Magritte, 1978-79, no. 193, illustrated in the catalogue
Ostend, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Ensor à Delvaux, 1996
Antwerp, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 2002, illustrated in the catalogue
Paris, Musée Maillol, Magritte tout en papier, 2006, illustrated in the catalogue 
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Voici Magritte, 2006, illustrated in the catalogue
Ostend, Mu.Zee, Het sterrenalfabet van ELT Mesens, 2013, illustrated in the catalogue
Knokke, Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, Éros c'est la vie, 2014, illustrated in the catalogue
Naples (Florida), The Baker Museum, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: Magritte and the Belgian Surrealists, 2015, illustrated
Knokke, Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, Dada in Knokke, 2016, illustrated in the catalogue


Œsophage I, March 1925, illustrated p. 10
Marcel Mariën, L’Activité surréaliste en Belgique, 1979, illustrated p. 108
David Sylvester, René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, Oil paintings 1916-1930, London, 1992, vol I, fig. 73, illustrated p. 51 

Catalogue Note

This work has been requested for an exhibition entitled René Magritte. Ligne de Vie to be held at Museum Amos Anderson, Helsinki and travelling to Museo d'Arte Della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano in February 2018 - January 2019.

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