Rene Magritte

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Birthday
21, 1898
Birthplace
Lessines, Belgium
Death Date
Aug 15, 1967 (68)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
21, 1898
Birthplace
Lessines, Belgium
Death Date
Aug 15, 1967 (68)

About

Belgian surrealist painter whose best-known works included "The Empire of Light" and "The Treachery of Images." His first surreal painting was "The Lost Jockey" from 1926, which was initially pilloried by critics.

Before Fame

He began taking art lessons in 1910 at the age of 12. He first employed an Impressionistic style in his 1915 paintings, but following a disappointing period of education at Brussels' Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, he embraced Futurism and Cubism.

Trivia

He questioned preconceived perceptions through his surrealist art.

Family Life

His father was a Belgian textile merchant and tailor, and his mother committed suicide when Magritte was 14 years old. She was found with her dress covering her face, something that may have influenced him to depict people with cloths over their faces in such paintings as "Les Amants" from the 1927 to 1928 period.

Associated With

He and Salvador Dali were both famous surrealist painters.