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The Empty Mask

MAGRITTE, Rene (1898 - 1967)

[image: The Empty Mask]

Date: 1928

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 81.2 x 116.2 cm

Acquired: 1973; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2051

In his essay 'Words and Images', published in 1929, the Belgian Surrealist Magritte observed that each image 'suggests that there are others behind it'. Viewed through a freestanding frame of irregular shape, these images are a sky, a lead curtain festooned with sleigh bells, a house fa?ade, a sheet of paper cut-outs, a forest and a fire. The title evokes the fear of the invisible which pervades the artist's work and reflects the Surrealists' fascination with the subconscious.

Work not on display

3 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 4 November 2010, 09:22

Dear Adele, thank you for your comment. As the Artist is still in copyright we can not allow his works to be photographed and we are not able to make postcards. Copyright is 70 years from the date of the artist's death.

Adele Jennison on 1 November 2010, 12:11

When will a postcard of the Magritte be available to buy in the shop, or when will visitors be allowed to photograph the more recent works in your fabulous collection?

EJ on 12 November 2009, 14:36

This is top dog man awes

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