Art is divine

Rainbow of life

Micha Christos

MUSEE DE L’ORANGERIE

Paris

February 10 - June 21, 2021

 

MAGRITTE- RENOIR

Surrealism in full sun

René Magritte (1898-1967)

Anatomy Lesson 1943

Oil on canvas 60 x 73 cm - Signed lower left "Magritte".

Private Collection

Photo library R. Magritte / Adagp Images, Paris, 2021

René Magritte (1898-1967)

Alice in Wonderland

1946 - Oil on canvas - 146,8 × 114,3 cm

Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Orsay and Orangery museums are organizing the first comprehensive exhibition of the chapter of Magritte's work in his "Renoir Period" from 1943 to 1947.

This largely unrecognized period of his work allows us to show the paintings of René Magritte against those of Auguste Renoir who inspired him.

 

In this atmosphere at the end of the world war with the definitive defeat of Nazi Germany, Magritte saw himself as a prophet of peace and rediscovered happiness. He then chose to replace the disturbing poetry of his paintings by the charm of women, flowers, birds and trees, "the beautiful side of life", as he wrote to Paul Eluard in 1941.

René Magritte (1898-1967)

The black magic 1943

Oil on canvas 81 x 60 cm

Signed lower left «Magritte»

Private collection

Photo Vincent Everarts - Adagp Images, Paris, 2021


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

The bathers between 1918 et 1919 Oil on canvas 110 x 160 cm

Paris, musée d’Orsay Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

René Magritte (1898-1967)

The Orient - 1941 - Oil on canvas - 81 x 65 cm

Signed low left «Magritte»

Private collection

© Alessandro Fiamingo – Art Defender S.r.l. - Adagp Images, Paris, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Faithful to this "solar" style until 1947, Magritte produced around fifty paintings, as many gouaches and a considerable number of drawings. He thus illustrates Sade, G. Bataille, Eluard and Lautréamont.

 

His enthusiasm led him to use this inspiration to make it the project for the in-depth reform of Surrealism.

 

To this end, in October 1946 he sent André Breton his “Manifesto for a Surrealism in the Sun”. But Breton puts an end to this renovation program.

 

Magritte, in a provocative and cynical fireworks display, liquidates his "Renoir Period" to tackle as early as 1948 his "Cow Period" in which he abandons the freshness of hope for the assertive grotesque.


René Magritte (1898-1967)

The sleepwalker - 1946

Oil on canvas - 54 x 65 cm

Signed top right «Magritte»

Private collection

© Photothèque R. Magritte / Adagp Images, Paris, 2021

René Magritte (1898-1967)

The first day - 1943

Oil on canvas - 60,5 x 55,5 cm

Signed top left «Magritte»

Private collection

© Photothèque R. Magritte / Adagp Images, Paris, 2021


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition brings together around sixty paintings and forty drawings. From these works emanates a great sweetness, a calming of the present humor. The colors are tender, solar; it is a hymn to joy and innocence.

 

This parallel between two painters shows the richness of the interpretation of similar themes under the light of two talented souls yet so different both in their time and in their intrinsic nature.

 

 

A moment of pure poetry to be savored in all its delicacy like this cascading rain of roses emanating from the luminous star in the highest heavens.

René Magritte (1898-1967)

The Royal Way - 1944

Oil on canvas - 65,3 × 50,3 cm

Private collection

Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s - Adagp Images, Paris, 2021


René Magritte (1898-1967)

The Harvest 1943 Oil on canvas 59,7 x 80 cm

Bruxelles, Musée Magritte Museum © MRBAB, Bruxelles/photo: J. Geleyns - Art Photography Adagp Images, Paris, 2021