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After René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967)
LOT ID: 70759
Pierreries (from Les Enfants Trouvés) , 1968

Lithograph
18 х 24 in. (45.72 x 60.96 cm.)
Stamped, René Magritte signature stamped on lower right recto. Initialed by the publisher Fernand Mourlot, in pencil, lower right.
Print/Casting Year 1968
Edition 210/350
Foundry/Publisher Fernand Mourlot, Paris
Lot description
This work comes from the portfolio "Les Enfants Trouvés," the title of which is the artist's tongue-in-cheek reference to this depiction of a turkey facing a young soldier, both of their heads set on a chopping block. In the French military, "Les Enfants Perdus" (forlorn hope) was a military term referring to courageous soldiers attacking a breach in defenses during a siege. It was likely that most members would be killed or wounded and survivors were always honored with a promotion.

The great Surrealist painter René Magritte continues to delight and intrigue collectors today with his blend of the mysterious and the mundane. Magrite, whose work was often inspired by actual dreams he had, once said, "Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well...."
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Pierreries (from Les Enfants Trouvés) by René Magritte
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