Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte's Birthplace and Time Line

November 21, René François-Ghislain Magritte is born in Lessines, Hainaut (Belgium).

March 12. The body of Magritte's mother is fished out of the water. She threw herself into the river Sambre. The family leaves for Charleroi.

Meets his future wife, Georgette Berger.

Enrolls as pupil at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

The Magritte family moves to Brussels.

Military service.

June 28. Marries Georgette Berger. Works as graphic artist. He mainly draws motifs for wall-paper. He is deeply affected by "Song of love" by Giorgio de Chirico.  This painting's manipulation of reality supposedly moved Magritte to tears, and Magritte later said of de Chirico: "[He] was the first to dream of what must be painted and not how to paint."

Sells his first painting, a portrait of the singer Evelyne Brélia.

Paints his first surrealist work, "Le Jockey Perdu", and produces various advertising drawings.

First exhibition in Brussels. Magritte exhibits 61 of his works at the gallery Le Centaure, Brussels. Meets the writer Louis Scutenaire. René and Georgette move to Perreux-sur-Marne near Paris. They make friends with Miró, Eluard, Breton and Arp.

August 24, Magritte's father dies.

In Cadaquès, Spain, the Magritte family stays at the Dali's in the company of Paul and Gala Eluard. Magritte contributes to the final issue of the "Révolution Surréaliste". He paints the first version (in french) of his famous work: "The treachery of Images".

Magritte paints large canvasses for Edward James in London. He gives a speech at the London Gallery.

Magritte and his wife move to the south of France in Carcassonne.

Magritte tries out a new style of painting. This is his "Renoir" or "Solar" style which he continues until 1947 together with his customary style.

First monograph on the artist by Louis Scutenaire. Beginning of the "cow period".

Exhibition in the Galerie du Faubourg, in Paris. Magritte shows his new style, the public is startled. Magritte has to give up this new way of painting.

Magritte becomes the director of a new publication: "La carte d'après nature".

Murals for the casino at Knokke-le-Zoute.

Visit to André Breton in Paris. Meeting with Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray.

Stay in Ischia in Italy. Magritte's health declines. Visit to Rome. Departs for New York and the Museum of Modern Art where there is a retrospective of his work.

Magritte and his wife spend their holidays in Cannes, Montecatini and Milan.

Exhibition in the Galerie Iolas in Paris. Holiday in Italy. Retrospective in Rotterdam. Magritte retouches the wax models of his first sculptures.

15 August 1967,
René Magritte dies in Brussels from pancreatic cancer."