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Magritte: A Life

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'[A] monumental biography of the inimitable surrealist artist ... sure to be the definitive account of the extraordinary artist's life' - Publishers Weekly

A significant and insightful biography of the surrealist artist

Rene Magritte's surreal sensibility, deadpan melodrama, and fine-tuned outrageousness have all become inescapably part of our times. But these groundbreaking subversions all came from a middle-class Belgian gent, who kept a modest house in a Brussels suburb and whose first one-man show sold absolutely nothing.

Through a deep examination of Magritte's friendships and his artistic development, Alex Danchev explores the path of an highly unconventional artist who posed profound questions about the relationship between image and reality, challenged the very nature of authenticity and whose influence can be seen in the work of everyone from Jasper Johns to Beyonce.

Details
  • Author: Alex Danchev
  • Hardcover: 480 pages 
  • Date published: November 2021 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1781250778
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.7 cm
Reviews

'Diligent and insightful ... Danchev proved an indefatigable researcher, and Sarah Whitfield does full justice to his labours'Observer

'[A] monumental biography of the inimitable surrealist artist ... sure to be the definitive account of the extraordinary artist's life' - Publishers Weekly

'This is a fine book, and Whitfield's tenth chapter, covering the last twenty years of its subject's life, does Danchev's efforts full justice ... for those who love Magritte and those who do not, Danchev's biography will come as a revelation' Literary Review

'Magritte: A Life recounts the artist’s life in a sympathetic and comprehensive manner, never reducing the mystery of one of the most influential of modern artists.' - The Art Newspaper

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