The Mo Ostin Collection Evening Auction

The Mo Ostin Collection Evening Auction

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René Magritte

L'Empire des lumières

Auction Closed

May 16, 10:59 PM GMT


35,000,000 - 55,000,000 USD

Lot Details


René Magritte

1898 - 1967

L'Empire des lumières

signed (lower right); titled "L'Empire des lumières," numbered III and dated 1951 (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

31 ⅝ by 25 ⅞ in. 80.3 by 65.7 cm.

Executed in August—September 1951.



1898 – 1967年

《光之帝國》 款識︰藝術家簽名(右下);書題目L'Empire des lumières,、標號 III

並紀年 1951(背面)


31 ⅝ x 25 ⅞ 英寸;80.3 x 65.7 公分


Alexander Iolas, New York (acquired from the artist)
William Alexander, New York (probably acquired from the above)
David Geffen, Los Angeles (acquired from the above through Pace Gallery in 1979)
Acquired from the above in 1979 by the present owner
Letter from Magritte to Iolas, 14 August 1951
"Surrealism with a Smile," Time Magazine, vol. LXI, no. 11, 16 March 1953, p. 77, illustrated in color
Harry Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, 1977, no. 385, p. 179, illustrated
Sarah Whitfield and Michael Raeburn; David Sylvester, ed., Rene Magritte: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, London, 1993, no. 768, p. 187, illustrated
New York, Iolas Gallery, René Magritte, 1953
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan Exhibition, 1979, n.n.