René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928
Gift of Richard S. Zeisler, The Museum of Modern Art
copyright 2013 C. Herscovici, Brussels/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
A few weeks ago we went to see Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 at the Museum of Modern Art. René Magritte is certainly among my favorite surrealist painters and it was rather tremendous to be among so much of his work, over 80 pieces in total. The exhibition, by virtue of itself, very much reinforced how intellectual Magritte’s work really is, as well as quite obviously the artist himself. And as an aside, I must admit, I was completely taken with Magritte’s rather perfect handwriting (so beautiful that I’m still thinking about it), as evidenced in his numerous word paintings and ancillary documents contained within this fantastic show. Magritte: the Mystery of the Ordinary is on view through January 12, 2014 — I’ll most definitely be making a return trip.