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René Magritte

L'empire des lumières

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René Magritte

René Magritte

L'empire des lumières

L'empire des lumières

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Property from The Gillion Crowet Collection

René Magritte

1898 - 1967

L'empire des lumières


signed Magritte (lower right); signed Magritte and titled on the reverse

oil on canvas

114.5 by 146cm., 45 by 57½in.

Painted in 1961.

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Acquired from the artist in 1961

Letter from Magritte to Torczyner, 6th February 1961

Letter from Magritte to Torczyner, 10th April 1961

A.M. Hammacher, René Magritte, New York, 1973, no. 25, illustrated p. 24 (titled

L’Empire des lumières VII)

Harry Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, New York, 1977, no. 383, illustrated p. 178

Harry Torczyner, L’Ami Magritte: correspondance et souvenirs, Antwerp, 1992, letters nos. 181 & 185

David Sylvester (ed.), Sarah Whitfield & Michael Raeburn, René Magritte, Catalogue Raisonné. Oil Paintings, Objects and Bronzes, 1946-1967, London, 1993, vol. III, no. 929, illustrated p. 344 

Gisèle Ollinger-Zinque, Magritte in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Ghent, 2005, illustrated in colour p. 64

Robert Hughes, The Portable Magritte, New York, 2006, illustrated in colour p. 367

Michel Draguet, Magritte: His Work, His Museum, Paris, 2009, illustrated in colour p. 202

L’Aquila, Castello Spagnolo, Alternative attuali 2, rassegna internazionale di pittura, scultura, grafica: omaggio a Magritte: opere 1920-1963, omaggio a Mirko, opere 1932-1964, omaggio a Baj, opere 1950-1965, 1965, illustrated in the catalogue

Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Tricentenaire de la ville de Charleroi: peintres et sculpteurs, 1966, no. 82 

Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Magritte, 1998, no. 209, illustrated in colour in the catalogue 

Santiago, Museo Nacional Bellas Artes, René Magritte, Paul Nougé, Subversión de las imágenes, 1999, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Art & San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Magritte, 1999-2000, no. 71 (Humlebæk & Edinburgh), exhibition catalogue published in Louisiana Revy, vol. 39, no. 3, August 1999, a detail illustrated in colour on the cover; no. 59 (San Francisco), a detail illustrated in colour on the cover & illustrated in colour in the catalogue 

Rome, Complesso del Vittoriano, Magritte: La storia centrale, 2001, illustrated in colour in the catalogue 

Paris, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Magritte, 2003, illustrated in colour in the catalogue 

Vienna, BA-CA Kunstforum & Basel, Fondation Beyeler, René Magritte. Der

Schlüssel der Träume, 2005, no. 89, illustrated in colour in the catalogue 

Como, Villa Olmo, René Magritte, l’impero delle luci, 2006, a detail illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, René Magritte: Empire of Dreams, 2006-7,

illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Magritte, Il Mistero della natura, 2008-09, illustrated in

colour in the catalogue

Brussels, Musée Magritte (on loan 2009 - 2020)