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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