Few facts to get acquanted
Magritte often placed familiar, mundane objects (apples, flying doves, pipes, stones) in unusual contexts and juxtapositions to challenge the assumptions of human perception.
Magritte has met Georgette Berger, his future wife that played a key role in his life, at the age of 15. They married and were together until their respective deaths. They never were parted.
This small scandalous episode is perhaps the only thing that stands out from the biography of the respectable citizen Rene Magritte.
To some extent, each of these disembodied gentlemen is a self-portrait of Magritte, who all his life insisted with amazing tenacity that there was nothing special about himself.
He has worked as a wallpaper designer and advertising artist, so he knows exactly how to grab attention.
Magritte's portrait was featured on the 500 Belgian franc note.
Really see it, as if for the first time, honestly and vividly, not just indifferently «identify» it
His goal was to take the viewer out of the automaticity of perception, to make him see the object.
The main character of many of Magritte’s paintings was a faceless man in a bowler hat.
In 1936, Actually he began an affair with a young artist, Sheila Legge. Georgette, in revenge, began an affair with his friend, the artist Paul Colin. The couple finally reunited only in 1940.