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The Annunciation (L'Annonciation)

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020. Photo credit: Tate

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The objects in this painting appear to be a metal sheet with bells, a paper cut-out and two balusters (Magritte referred to similar objects in his paintings as bilboquets, a French stick and ball game). Their enlargement and conjunction with the landscape creates a feeling of incongruity recalling the experience of dreams. In titling this work 'The Annunciation', Magritte may have been alluding ironically to the hostility towards Catholicism shown by the French Surrealists.

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Date

1930

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 113.7 x W 145.9 cm

Accession number

T04367

Acquisition method

Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1986

Work type

Painting


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