Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte's Birthplace and Time Line

"1898
November 21, René François-Ghislain Magritte is born in Lessines, Hainaut (Belgium).

1912
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.

1913
Meets his future wife, Georgette Berger.

1914
Enrolls as pupil at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

1918
The Magritte family moves to Brussels.

1921
Military service.

1922
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." http://www.brain-juice.com/cgi-bin/show_bio.cgi?p_id=22

1923
Sells his first painting, a portrait of the singer Evelyne Brélia.

1926
Paints his first surrealist work, "Le Jockey Perdu", and produces various advertising drawings.

1927
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.

1928
August 24, Magritte's father dies.

1929
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".

1937
Magritte paints large canvasses for Edward James in London. He gives a speech at the London Gallery.

1940
Magritte and his wife move to the south of France in Carcassonne.

1943
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.

1947
First monograph on the artist by Louis Scutenaire. Beginning of the "cow period".

1948
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.

1952
Magritte becomes the director of a new publication: "La carte d'après nature".

1953
Murals for the casino at Knokke-le-Zoute.

1960
Visit to André Breton in Paris. Meeting with Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray.

1965
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.

1966
Magritte and his wife spend their holidays in Cannes, Montecatini and Milan.

1967
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."
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