Exhibitions/ Art Object

La Mort des Fantômes

Artist:
René Magritte (Belgian, Lessines 1898–1967 Brussels)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
13.9 x 8.8 cm. (5 1/2 x 3 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.1219
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The great Surrealist painter of philosophical conundrums was also a prolific photographer who sometimes used his snapshots as studies for paintings. Magritte often acted as "director" in these whimsical or sinister scenes, handing the camera to someone else so he could appear in the image. The mysterious figure seen here looming over a recumbent woman is Magritte, and he used this cloaked "self-portrait" as the basis for a painting of the same year entitled Apparition. The title may also refer to Louise Feuillade’s great silent crime film serial of 1913–14 Fantômas, which inspired several other key works by Magritte during this period.
Inscription: [see verso image]
René Magritte; Mme. Magritte

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