René Magritte

The Absurd World of Rene Magritte

 The Exhibition of Rene Magritte Foundation's Litography prints in limited editions



November 21. René François-Ghislain Magritte is born in Lessines, Belgium.

March 12. The body of Magritte’s mother is found in the river Sambre. The family resettles in Charleroi.

Meets his future wife for the first time, Georgette Berger. But will soon lose touch.

Enrolls at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

The Magritte family resettles in Brussels.

Magritte goes to Military Service.

June 28. Magritte marries Georgette.
Starts working as a graphic artist and designer.

Sells his first painting, a portrait of the singer Evelyne Brélia.

Discovers the works of Giorgio de Chirico.

Paints his first surrealist work, Le Jockey Perdu.
Paints his masterpiece L’Assasin Menacé, later acquired by MoMA.

April – May. Exposition Magritte - First exhibition in Brussels at the Gallery Le Centaure, where he showcases 61 works.
September. Georgette and Magritte resettle in Paris and meet Joan Miro, Paul Eluard, Andre Breton and other surrealists and Dadaist artists and poets.
October. Gallery L’Epoque opens in Brussels with an exhibition of works by Surrealists and Expressionists, including one painting by Magritte.

January. Second solo exhibition at Galerie L’Epoque in Brussels with 23 works painted in 1927.
August. Magritte’s father dies.

Magritte meets Dali in Cadaquès, Spain.
Paints first version of his iconic work La Trahison des Images (This is not a pipe), currently held at the LACMA.
First public participation of Magritte to the French Surrealist movement.
October. Galerie Goemans opens in Paris with a group exhibition with works by Magritte, Hans Arp and Salvador Dali.

Magritte and Georgette move back to Brussels.
Magritte opens Studio Dongo, a commercial art business, with his brother Paul. He is commissioned to create posters, advertising copy and stands for commercial displays.

December. Exhibition opens at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Belgium.

May- June. Exposition René Magritte is presented at Brussels’s Palais des Beaux-Arts featuring 57 paintings dated 1926-1932.

January. First solo exhibition of Magritte in New York at Julien Levy Gallery.
April-May. Third exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
June-July. Exhibition at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London.
December. Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism opens at the Museum of Modern Art, New York with 9 paintings by Magritte.

December. Fourth exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

January. Second solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York.
January-February. Exposition Internationale du Surrealism in Paris.
April. Exhibition at the London Gallery.

May. Exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Amidst the Second World War and the invasion of Belgium, Magritte and Georgette move to south of France in Carcassone.
October. 19 works are destroyed by bombs in London.

January. Solo exhibition at the Galerie Dietrich in Brussels.

Magritte tries out a new style of painting. This is his "Renoir" or "Solar" style, which he continues until 1947 together with his customary style.
First monograph published on Magritte.

First monograph on the artist by Louis Scutenaire. Beginning of the "cow period".

Exhibition in the Galerie du Faubourg, in Paris. Magritte shows his new style, the public is startled. Magritte has to give up this new way of painting.

August. First Retrospective exhibition at the Casino of Knokke-le-Zoute in Belgium. October. Magritte becomes the director of a new publication: "La carte d'après nature".

February. First exhibition in Italy.
Murals for the casino at Knokke-le-Zoute.

Paints the first version of his iconic L’Empire des Lumières, currently held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Solo exhibition in New York at Iolas Gallery.

Retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels.

Visit to André Breton in Paris. Meeting with Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray.

Stay in Ischia in Italy. Magritte's health declines. Visit to Rome. Departs for New York and the Museum of Modern Art where there is a retrospective of his work.

Exhibition in the Galerie Iolas in Paris. Holiday in Italy. Retrospective in Rotterdam. Magritte retouches the wax models of his first sculptures.

15 August 1967
René Magritte dies in Brussels from pancreatic cancer.