Magritte / Renoir. Surrealism in full sunlight
It is a little-known aspect of his work, but René Magritte, recognised today as the emblematic figure of Belgian surrealism, was at one point in his life inspired by the works of the great Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir.
Between 1943 and 1947, with France under occupation, Magritte was convinced that Nazi Germany would soon be defeated, bringing an end to the global conflict. He saw himself as a prophet of a return to happier, more peaceful times. During his “Renoir” period, he produced around a hundred paintings, gouaches and drawings in this “sunny” style, which he maintained until 1947. As he wrote to the poet Paul Eluard at the time, he was interested in “charming things, women, flowers, birds, trees, the atmosphere of happiness, etc. The troubling poetry I once strove to achieve in my paintings has now been replaced by a quite powerful charm”.
The sixty or so paintings and forty drawings from the “Renoir” period presented as part of the exhibition Magritte / Renoir. Surrealism in full sunlight at the Musée de l’Orangerie sit alongside masterpieces by Renoir, Picabia and Jeff Koons, who was heavily inspired by Magritte. It opens with a few works from the late thirties, in which Magritte expresses the imminence of the impending war.
A not-to-be-missed chance to see Magritte as he is rarely seen, and definitely one for your diary for 2021!
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From 19⁄05 to 19/07/2021 between 9 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday. New dates: 19 May to 19 July 2021 Booking required.