René François Ghislain Magritte (1898-1967) was born in Lessines, Belgium.
He moved to Paris (1927) and joined the Surrealists. His close friends were poets André Breton, Paul Eluard and painter Marcel Duchamp.
Particular symbols such as the female torso, the bowler hat, the castle, the rock, the window, and others revisited his canvas.
His works, mirrors of poems, are metaphors presented as realistic representation, through the juxtaposition of ordinary objects, in a way that is impossible to be found in real life.
"My painting must resemble the world in order to evoke its mystery", he said.
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Magritte, "Le Therapeute"
(The Healer) (1937)
Scan by Mark Harden