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Le Beau Monde
Publishing Year : 1962-2009
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 bronze from a limited edition of 250 copies.
- Published by Magritte Gallery, Philippe Moreno (
- Foundry: Fonderie Paumelle, 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 Paumelle France.

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

Additional information:
Patinated bronze sculpture after René Magritte, casted in France using the lost-wax method after the painting by Rene´ Magritte, Le Beau Monde, 1962.

"We are surrounded by curtains”, Magritte writes. “We only perceive the world behind a curtain of semblance. At the same time, an object needs to be covered in order to be recognized at all.”

The veiling and unveiling of things hidden is a recurring leitmotif in his œuvre. Curtains, picture frames, window openings, and easels are elements which he employed to stage his “picture-within-the-picture” compositions. his ideas of “invisible visibility” and of the picture as “thought made visible” formed the basis of such works.

Magritte’s "Le Beau Monde" can be considered part of a series of paintings that explored the theme of the occult through the use of recurrent elements such as the clouded skies and curtains. A variation on "La Joconde" of 1960, the predominant blue and the positioning of singular draped curtains were employed by the artist in "L’image en soi", 1961 , "L’ovation", 1962, as well as "La peine perdue", 1962.

The painting is composed of two draped curtains standing against a clouded sky. Between them materializes a figure of cloud-dotted sky adopting the shape of the drapes and in the forefront a green apple of significant size attracts the viewer's eye.

The curtains are abundantly used in the artist's work and resemble the sort one finds in theaters, thus serving as objects that reveal the unknown. In his analysis of these curtains, Jacques Meuris explains:
"One way of looking at them is as a technical device. They are usually shown with loops, giving them the appearance of open stage drapes, and they enable the artist, through a process of optical illusion, to locate the planes of his image within the pictorial space. Another way of looking at these drapes is a way of suggesting the fallacious nature of the painted picture in relation to what it actually represents. Hence the idea of the stage set, to which the drapes lend emphasis". (Meuris, J. Magritte, Greenwich Editions 1988, p. 169)


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

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

Informations complémentaires:
Sculpture réalisée d'après la peinture du même nom, réalisée par René Magritte en 1962.


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