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Les Menottes de Cuivre (The Cooper Handcuffs) Click to ZOOM

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Les Menottes de Cuivre (The Cooper Handcuffs)
Publishing Year : 1931-2009
Media : Sculptures
Technique : Bronze
Edition : Numbered 250 ex.
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Signature : in the Wax
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Bronze sculpture, signed and numbered.
- Patinated and painted bronze from a limited edition of 250 copies.
- Published by Magritte Gallery, Philippe Moreno (
- Foundry: Fonderie Bocquel, France.

Edition Size:
- 250 copies numbered 1/250 to 250/250.
- 20 artist's proofs numbered EA 1/20 to EA 20/20.
Stamp of the signature, numbered, stamp of the Magritte Foundation, stamp of Charly Herscovici President of the Magritte Foundation, Magritte’s copyrights owner & Chairman of the Magritte Museum in Brussels, Foundry stamp Bocquel France.

A certificate of authenticity will be issued with the bronze, signed by Charly Herscovici, President of the Magritte Foundation.

"RENE MAGRITTE Catalogue Raisonne" by David Sylvester & Sarah Whitfield, vol. II, n. 673, p. 423 & pp. 426-427 for original plaster, currently exhibited at the Magritte Museum in Brussels.

Additional information:
Sculpture realized after the painted plaster cast by Magritte in 1931 and exhibited at the Magritte Museum In Brussels (Musées Royaux des Beaux-arts de Belgique).
In January 1967, encouraged by his dealer Alexander Iolas to undertake the project, Magritte selected the subjects for 8 bronzes and started work on the preparatory drawings. In June of the same year he visited the Gibiesse foundry in Verona, and made a few modifications to the full scale models of each sculpture which had been cast there in wax.Unfortunately he died as the molds were just made and signed by him in 1967,he never saw them, but they were exhibited the same year and the 8 of them together for the 1st time in London the next year.

Magritte painted the Venus at 4 times: 1931, 1934, 1936, trying to give it an “unexpected life”.
The 1931 one was commissioned by Louis Scutenaire and Irène Hamoir, when they saw a similar piece at Magritte’s apartment, ready for delivery to a collector. The 1934 one, a little bigger, will be exhibited at the 1937 London show, as well as in 1938 for a solo exhibition in the same gallery. It might have belonged to Magritte himself, or to Mesens or the Roland Penrose. It was still in London in 1940, when a German bombing destroyed it. The 1936 version of the Venus was sent to Paris by Magritte to be included in the Exposition d’Objets Surréalistes at Charles Raton’s gallery. André Breton, who was involved in the organization of the show, was written a letter by Magritte this year ans asked to find a name to the sculpture:
"This object is reminiscent of the masks on which I used to paint the sky, or a forest. Here, the head is white, the body is flesh-coloured, the drapery is blue, the base and the arms and feet sections are black. In my opinion this gives the Venus new and unexpected life."
Breton responded in a letter:
"I resign myself to suggesting a purely poetic title: « the Cooper Handcuffs » the main advantage of which, I think, is that it gives an additional colour to the object, but not arbitrarily, since cooper is the metal corresponding to Venus. "


Sculpture en bronze, signée et numérotée.
- Bronze peint et patiné, édition limitée à 250 exemplaires.
- Éditée par Magritte Gallery, Philippe Moreno (
- Fonderie: Fonderie Bocquel, France.

Justification du tirage:
- 250 exemplaires numérotés 1/250 à 250/250.
- 20 épreuves d'artiste numérotées EA 1/20 à EA 20/20.
Cachet de la signature, numérotation, cachet de la Fondation Magritte, cachet de Charly Herscovici le président de la Fondation Magritte, propriétaire des droits de Magritte et président du Musée Magritte à Bruxelles, cachet de la Fonderie Bocquel France.

Un certificat d'authenticité sera délivré avec le bronze, signé par Charly Herscovici, Président de la Fondation Magritte.

"RENE MAGRITTE Catalogue Raisonne" par David Sylvester & Sarah Whitfield, vol. II, n. 673, p. 423 & pp. 426-427 pour le plâtre original, actuellement exposée au Musée Magritte à Bruxelles.

Informations complémentaires:
Sculpture réalisée d'après le plâtre peint par René Magritte en 1931, et exposé au Musée Magritte (Musées Royaux des Beaux-arts de Belgique).
En janvier 1967, encouragé par son marchand Alexander Iolas pour entreprendre le projet, Magritte choisi les sujets de 8 bronzes et commence à travailler sur les dessins préparatoires. En juin de la même année il a visité la fonderie Gibiesse à Vérone et fait quelques modifications aux modèles de chaque sculpture, mais décède alors que les moules ont juste été faits et signés par lui en 1967. Malheureusement, il ne les verra jamais, mais elles ont été exposées la même année et les 8 sculptures ensemble pour la première fois à Londres l'année suivante.


CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY: A Certificate of Authenticity come with this piece, delivered by "See pictures and description"
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