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Le Plagiat (Plagiary)
By Renè Magritte
Oil on burlap, 1940
Size: 73.5 x 54.3 centimetres (28.7 x 21.3 inches)
Estimated price: £5-8 million
Price realised: £5,193,250
Surrealism is a pioneering movement of 20th century art which now commands the attention of the global art market. Its founder and chief spokesman André Breton explained that they sought to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality – a ‘super-reality’.
Surrealist art provides an unparalleled bridge for collectors: for those who love impressionist and modern art, the works break new boundaries and look forcefully and creatively ahead; for collectors who love contemporary art they showcase the daring, challenging and innovative explorations of the artistic masterminds who set the foundations and context for many of the greatest contemporary and classic post-war artists.
An example is Le Plagiat (Plagiary), 1940, by the surrealist master, Belgian artist Renè Magritte (1898-1967), which unites nature, beauty and mystery. A bunch of cut flowers has been shown in a vase, yet instead of the flowers themselves, the viewer sees a related subject, a blooming landscape in a cut-out silhouette. Next to the white vase is a nest with three eggs, an enigmatic presence in the interior view which again allows the outdoors to invade an indoor space.
Christie’s evening Sale of The Art of the Surreal will take place in London on February 6, 2013. For further information, please visit http://www.christies.com.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 3, 2013.