René Magritte: The Revealing Image



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Xavier Canonne


A richly illustrated book that dives into René Magritte’s photo and film archive, revealing a lesser-known side of the surrealist master.

In this richly illustrated book, Xavier Canonne, director of the Museum of Photography in Charleroi, dives into René Magritte’s photo and film archive, revealing a lesser-known side of the surrealist master. Discovered in the 1970s, more than ten years after the artist’s death, this collection gives us access to a family album, an informal Magritte, from his childhood to the last years of his life. We see Magritte with his parents and brothers, as a newly married man with his wife Georgette, and with his contemporaries in the Brussels Surrealist group. Spontaneous snapshots are complemented by posed scenes, including improvised tableaux with his fellow artists, parodies of famous movies consciously arranged with Georgette, portraits of Magritte at his easel at home, and staged photographs as models for his paintings. Images where the artist and his friends hide their faces or turn away from the camera particularly resonate with his paintings and his investigation of the ‘hidden visible’. While other Surrealists such as Man Ray and Raoul Ubac made photography an essential part of their work, Magritte remained a true painter. Yet this book demonstrates that his photographs and home movies are so pervaded with his spirit that they are inseparable from his oeuvre of paintings.

Additional information

Weight 1182 g
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.2 cm
Publisher name Ludion
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 168
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.1 x 30.2 cm
Weight 1182 g
Xavier Canonne has a PhD in Art History from the Sorbonne in Paris and is the director of the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. In the 1970s he became acquainted with the later Belgian Surrealists and even established a close friendship with some of them. He is the author of numerous books and articles about the Surrealist Movement and some of its most important figures in Belgium, including Marcel Marien, Irène Hamoir, Louis Scutenaire and others.