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The Six Elements
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The Six Elements

René Magritte, Belgian, 1898 - 1967

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe

Date:
1929

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
28 3/4 x 39 5/16 inches (73 x 99.9 cm) Framed: 35 7/16 × 45 13/16 × 3 11/16 inches (90 × 116.4 × 9.4 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 269, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

Accession Number:
1950-134-127

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
Magritte's title calls to mind the basic elements of the universe---air, water, fire, and earth---although the connection between these and the images in the painting remains mysterious. Painted at the end of a three-year stay in Paris, during which Magritte became a full-fledged Surrealist, The Six Elements exemplifies the artist's ability to lure viewers into questioning the relationship between language and image, the rational and the irrational.

Provenance

André Breton (1896-1966), Paris; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, through Marcel Duchamp as agent, 1937 [1]; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. See Duchamp's provenance notes date September 8, 1951 (PMA, Arensberg Archives).


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