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René Magritte’s birthday
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November 21, 1898, Lessines, Hainaut – August 15, 1967
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian artist, one of the most prominent Surrealist painters, whose bizarre flights of fancy blended horror, peril, comedy, and mystery. His works were characterized by particular symbols – the female torso, the bourgeois “little man,” the bowler hat, the castle, the rock, the window, and others.
After studying at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts (1916–1918), Magritte became a designer for a wallpaper factory and then did sketches for advertisements. His first solo show was held in 1927. It was not well received by the art critics of the day.
Two museums in Brussels celebrate Magritte: the René Magritte Museum, largely a biographical museum, is located in the house occupied by the artist and his wife between 1930 and 1954; and a new Magritte Museum, featuring some 250 of the artist’s works, opened in 2009 at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
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