If you are in love with René Magritte's work, Brussels is the best place to approach him. This surrealist painter is today one of the icons of the Belgian capital, in addition to being a character admired and respected worldwide.
René Magritte: surrealism and BrusselsLovers - Gandalf's Gallery / Flickr.com
Actually, Magritte was born in the Belgian province of Le Hainaut. However, personal and artistic development occurred in Brussels. That would be where he met his great friends and was displaying his artistic vein.
And also in the Belgian capital he lived and felt like in his true home. In Brussels it became an icon of surrealism, being an example that marvels beyond the Belgian or European borders.
René Magritte was born in 1898. His taste for art began soon, as he attended his first painting classes in 1910. Despite this, it was not until 1916 when the development of his "art" did not explode. The key moment comes when you enroll in the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.
Magritte soon immersed himself in styles that were fashionable in the capital of Belgium. We can talk about impressionism, futurism, Dadaism, etc. All of them indirectly cooperated to surrealism be born. Undoubtedly, a stream of which Magritte was one of the main representatives.
"There are no answers in my paintings, just questions."
Life and adventures in BrusselsFernanda Archanjo / Flikr.com
The artist lived intensely in Brussels. That was where he married Georgette Berger, a classmate of his in his period at the Charleroi school. Except for a short time in Paris, where he met a huge number of fundamental artists in his time, Brussels was his city.
The house he had in Jette was his home, but also his main place of work. Over the years it would end up being a museum, a place that is indispensable for the visitor. It is still possible to feel in the environment the closeness with the artist, although many years have passed since he disappeared.
With only 27 years the artist signed an important contract with the owner of the gallery Le Centaure, which was on Avenue Louise in Brussels. However, the income he received for painting was not worth living for it.
Soon he would go through jobs in sectors such as food or as a poster designer. Everything, obviously, in order to survive and continue to push forward its artistic side.He would not be able to really live on his art until he was already old.
He died on August 15, 1967 in Schaarbeek. This is where, in addition, his wife is also buried, who would die a few years later.
What two museums can you visit from Magritte in Brussels?Magritte Museum - Warburg / commons.wikimedia.org
When trying to define René Magritte's painting, he usually refers to poetry in the form of pictures that represent the words. The painter, based on an idea in the form of a text, moved it to the canvas.
Magritte was not only a painter and artist, he was a great artist. Equally, it was huge carver, writer, photographer, filmmaker, poster designer or sculptor. A Renaissance man outside his time, right?
The Magritte Museum of Place Royale clearly shows us how versatile it was in his art, something that can be seen in his large collection of pieces from the multiple disciplines that the artist worked on. The other great museum is the René Magritte, which, as we mentioned before, is where it was his house.
We are facing the opportunity to walk around the city that served as inspiration many times and see his huge catalog of works. On our visit, we cannot forget the man with the bowler hat Golconda, The son of man, The bird of the sky, etc.
After this trip through the Belgian capital and the work of Magritte, I'm sure your desire to visit Brussels has increased. Sometimes it is said that it has neither the size nor the wealth of wealth to be the capital of Europe. It may not be the most monumental city, but it is well worth a visit, because it is full of charms for a good getaway.
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