Prints and Multiples, Condition: This work is in excellent condition with vibrant tones throughout.
Zeno, a Greek philosopher who lived in the 5th century, devised a series of paradoxes. Given the idea of an arrow in flight, he states that an object has to change positions in order for it to be considered 'in motion'. At any fixed point in time, he argues, the arrow does not move either to where it is or is not. Since no time elapses in this single instant, it cannot move forward, and it cannot move to its present position because it is there to begin with. If all things are motionless at every moment, and time is composed of these moments, motion must be impossible. Magritte pays homage to Zeno's paradox with an equally improbable image of a large boulder suspended over a sea. But perhaps we are not meant to question how it got there or where it will go next, if any and all movement is impossibility.
Created after an original work by the artist dating to 1964, this color lithograph is facsimile signed 'Magritte' in graphite color at the lower right; the work bears the blindstamp of the ADAGP in the lower left corner and the blindstamp of the Magritte Succession in the lower right. Numbered from the edition of 275 and created aside from 45 artist's proofs numbered 1-45 and labeled 'EA', this print is also initialed by Charley Herscovici, President of the Fondation Magritte and ADAGP. This limited edition was published by Philippe Moreno, Paris and the print bears a block of printed text on the verso describing this edition.