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The Meaning of Night, 1927

René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967)

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© Estate of René Magritte; used with permission

René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967). The Meaning of Night, 1927. Oil on canvas. 139 x 105 cm (54 11/16 x 41 5/16 in.). The Menil Collection, Houston.

© Estate of René Magritte / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

About the Show:

De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte and Balthus: A Look Into the Invisible focuses on the work of Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, b. Greece, 1888-1978) whose "enigma" paintings formed the nucleus of the Pittura Metafisica movement, and subsequently inspired others: Magic Realism, Novecento Italiano and Surrealism. Through the one hundred paintings in the show, viewers will see a linear connection from de Chirico and his contemporary Carlo Carrà, to artists Max Ernst, René Magritte, Niklaus Stoecklin and Balthus, among others.

This centenary exhibition is appropriately being held in Florence where, in 1909-10, de Chirico's studies of the German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer coalesced into visions the artist could "see with his spirit" and put on canvas.

De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte and Balthus: A Look Into the Invisible will be on view at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence from February 26 through July 18, 2010.

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