On March 7, Christie's will exhibit “The Intimate Friend,” a painting by Surrealist artist René Magritte that is valued at more than 50 million pounds (US$63 million).
The house is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Surrealist manifesto initiated by its founder, the poet André Breton, and the official birth of the movement, by offering for sale a painting by Magritte, which the house has described as one of the most sublime and mysterious. has told. Pictures.
The painting “The Intimate Friend”, painted in 1958, depicts a man with his back turned, staring at the green landscape in front of him, while a baguette and a cup of water float on his back.
The house displays works by many of the most innovative figures of Surrealism; Such as: René Magritte and Francis Picabia, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy and Joan Miró.
master of riddles
René Magritte (1898–1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist known for his depictions of familiar objects in unfamiliar and unexpected contexts, often raising questions about the nature and limits of art. Reality and representation, as he is famous for his paintings that contain allegories and is considered a master of puzzles.
Magritte says of his paintings, “Everything in my work comes from a feeling of certainty that we really belong to a mysterious world.”
Magritte was wearing a black hat that did not move from his face. It appeared in most of his famous paintings, more than 50 times in his works between 1926 and 1966.
This hat appears in Magritte's most famous painting, “The Son of Man”, where a man wearing a Magritte hat is seen, and critics believe it is him, with an apple covering his face Is.