"I love subversive humour, freckles, knees, the long hair of women, the dreams of young children at liberty, a young girl running in the street."

René Magritte

René Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, on 21 November 1898. A major figure in Belgian Surrealism, Magritte was rapidly surrounded by Belgian, French and American artists, who influenced him and his work throughout his life. He developed his work according to various artistic techniques : « Surrealism in the sun », as he himself defined it, or the « vache period » at the end of the 1940s. The fifties and sixties were marked by work and research by the artist on repetition and by the great Magrittian images that assured his success. He died on 15 August 1967 as a result of pancreatic cancer.

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