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René Magritte. The Lovers. Le Perreux-sur-Marne, 1928

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The Lovers

René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967)

Le Perreux-sur-Marne, 1928
Oil on canvas
21 3/8 x 28 7/8" (54 x 73.4 cm)
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Gift of Richard S. Zeisler
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Jean Bastien, Brussels, by 1953 [1]. [E.L.T. (Edouard Léon Théodore) Mesens (1903-1971), Brussels and London] [2]. Fernand Graindorge (1903-1985), Liège, by 1955 [3]; to Hecker Jensen, Basel [4]; sold to Richard L. Feigen Gallery, Chicago, by 1958 [5]; sold to Richard S. Zeisler, New York, September 1958 [6]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998 (Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler).
[1] See David Sylvester and Sarah Whitfield, eds. René Magritte: Catalogue raisonné I: Oil Paintings 1916-1930, Houston: Menil Foundation et al., 1992, p. 296, no. 250: "It may have been for some time (according to Marcel Mariën) in the collection of Jean Bastien, Brussels. It must have been the version recorded in a sale of modern pictures at the Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels, on 17 October 1953, where lot 333 was entitled 'Les Amants' … but according to an annotation made by Mesens in his copy of the catalogue, it was withdrawn."
[2] Per Richard L. Feigen, "according to whom it had formerly been in the collections of E.L.T. Mesens and Hecker Jensen, Basle" (ibid., p. 297).
[3] Lender to the exhibitions L'Apport wallon au surréalisme: peinture poésie, Musée des Beaux Arts, Liège, October 13-November 12, 1955, no. 59; and XXXe Salon. Cercle royal artistique et littéraire de Charleroi, Salle de la Bourse, Charleroi, March 3-22, 1956, no. 51 (Les amants [I]).
[4] See David Sylvester and Sarah Whitfield, eds. René Magritte, p. 296, no. 250.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.

[Les Amants]

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