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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Magritte prints are amongst the best from the Surrealist art movement, in which Belgian painter Rene Magritte was a major influence thanks to a considerable career of achievement within the 20th century.

This website gives you great detail on this highly talented artist, certainly Belgium's finest, and draws attention to the most famous paintings from his whole career, as well as offering recommended online stores where you can buy your own copies of them as high quality art prints.

Rene Magritte came from a troubled family life which many believe was responsible for much of the creativity and innovation within his surrealist art style.

His childhood was dominated by the suicide of his wife who had struggled for many years and was a constant concern for Rene and his father who resorted to extreme measures to try to protect his wife, but unfortunately these ultimately failed.

One major aid to Magritte during the early stages of his career was Edward James, also a prominent Surrealist, who allowed the young artist to comfortably dwell rent-free in London which enabled him to expand upon his ideas and artistic development right away and without other distractions.

Le Principe du Plaisir (The Pleasure Principle) and La Reproduction Interdite were prominent paintings by Magritte which actually both feature Edward James within them, showing how Rene appreciated the help offered by him at a crucial early stage in his career when his success was not guaranteed.

Rene Magritte was an artist interested in the history of what had gone before in the art world, even though his own style was truly contemporary.

Magritte was honest often to accept that he could still learn much from what had gone before, as shown by several paintings from his career which adapt old classics into his own surrealist style, to add a new twist to an accepted old piece.

The incredibly impressive list of John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Vija Celmins, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Verdoodt, Martin Kippenberger and Storm Thorgerson are all generally accepted as having been influenced, in various degrees, by the career and innovation of Rene Magritte and this list alone helps to underline the legacy and influence left by the famous Belgian.

List of Most Famous Rene Magritte Paintings

  • The Treachery of Images
  • On the Threshold of Liberty
  • The Son of Man
  • The Empty Mask
  • The Difficult Crossing
  • The Human Condition
  • Not to be Reproduced
  • Time Transfixed
  • Elective Affinities
  • The Portrait
  • Golconda
  • The Mysteries of the Horizon
  • The Menaced Assassin