Magritte, René

Magritte, René rənā´ mägrēt´ [key], 1898–1967, Belgian surrealist painter. Strongly influenced by Chirico , Magritte developed a style in which a misleading sort of realism is combined with mocking irony. His paintings are dominated by an intense quietude and restraint, despite a startling juxtaposition of images. Characteristic works, such as The Red Model (1935 Modern Mus., Stockholm), contain elaborate fantasies constructed around commonplace situations.

See studies by S. Gablik (1970) and A. M. Hammacher (tr. 1974).

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