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The Flavour of Tears
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020. Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

The Flavour of Tears 1948

René Magritte (1898–1967)

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

(b Lessines, 21 Nov. 1898; d Brussels, 15 Aug. 1967). Belgian painter, one of the leading exponents of Surrealism. With the exception of a three-year stay in a suburb of Paris (1927–30), he spent his entire career in Brussels, where he lived a life of bourgeois regularity (the bowler-hatted figure who so often features in his work is to some extent a self-portrait). After initially working in a Cubist-Futurist style, he turned to Surrealism in 1925 under the influence of de Chirico and by the following year had already emerged as a highly individual artist with The Menaced Assassin (MoMA, New York), a picture that displays the startling and disturbing juxtapositions of the ordinary, the strange, and the erotic that were to characterize his work for the rest of his life.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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