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Le puits de vérité – René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967)

November 19, 2012

“Le puits de vérité 

signed, dated and inscribed ‘Magritte/ 1967 E.A’ (on the top of the base) 
bronze with brown patina 

81cm. (31 7/8in.) (height)

Conceived in 1967 and cast in the same year in an edition of 6, numbered 0/5 to 5/5 and one artist’s proof. This work is the artist’s proof.

Estimate:

£150,000 – 200,000

This sculpture relates to a 1963 painting of the same title, which depicts the oversized shoe and truncated trouser leg in the foreground and a row of trees in the background. In a letter with a preparatory sketch for the painting, Magritte affixed a working title of Le Standard (The Standard) to the piece in order to reflect ‘the sense of the immutable unity of measurement’ that he wanted to explore through the painting (quoted by Harry Torczyner, 1979, Magritte: The True Art of Painting, p.139). Later, it was renamed Le puits de vérité (The Well of Truth) to perhaps give further anchor to the concepts of congruity and incongruity encapsulated within the painting. The motif and title remained pertinent for Magritte, and this sculpture embodies the initial conceptual dialogue by translating it into three dimensions.”

Photo and text source: bonhams.com

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