René MAGRITTE - Tête

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Type d'oeuvre Multiple
Titre Tête
Catégorie Sculpture-Volume
Technique Bronze
Numérotation et/ou édition 122/250
Signature verso
Cachet Oui
Dimensions hors cadre
H 9,25 in
H 23,5 cm
Certificat délivré par GALERIE MARK HACHEM
Facture délivrée par GALERIE MARK HACHEM

According to sylvester, "it is one of the two identical versions of this plaster head painted blue that can
plausibly be dated from their appearance in two of Magritte’s films: first, unpainted in a film of the late
1950s and then, painted, in a film made 1960." (in d. sylvester, ed., rené Magritte, Catalogue raisonné:
oil Paintings, objects and Bronzes 1949-1967, new York, 1993, vol. iii, p. 455, no. 1080 and 1081) the
casts, which could possibly have come from the Maison Berger, are identical to that used by Magritte
for multiple versions of La Mémoire (paintings: 1942, 1945, 1948, painted objects in 1942 & 1945) or
ofthe paintings Deep Waters (1941).
the first belonged to Georgette Magritte and was sold at london’s sotheby’s during Magritte’s workshop’s
dispersion (lot no. 865), the other was acquired by leontine hoyez-Berger (Magritte’s sister in
law) and given to a collector.
Concerning the paintings: the title “La Mémoire” is thought to have been found by Marïen. the head,
of which Magritte had bought multiple examples at the Maison Berger is a cast of a non-identified
sculpture. According to leontine hoyez-Berger, it could be “L’inconnue de la Seine” (a young woman of
unknown identity whose mortuary mask became a popular ornament on the walls of artists’ houses
after 1 900. her face is the source of inspiration for many works of literature, as much in French as in
other languages). she was proven to be wrong, however the fact that she had thought of the link with
the mortuary mask is interesting as it is probable that Magritte had thought of the same thing.

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