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Creator Name: Magritte, René
Creator Nationality: European; Belgian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Belgian; 1898-1967
Creator Name-CRT: René Magritte
Title: Time Transfixed
Title Type: preferred
Title: La durée poignardée
Title Type: alternate
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1938
Creation End Date: 1938
Creation Date: 1938
Creation Place: Europe,Belgium
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: oil on canvas
Classification Term: Modern and Contemporary Art
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 57 7/8 x 38 7/8 in. (147 x 98.7 cm)
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: MagritteTitled, inscribed, signed and dated on verso:"LA DURÉE/POIGNARDÉE"/80 P./MAGRITTE/1938
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1970.426
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection
Copyright: ? C. Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Context: For Magritte, titles were verbal images carefully crafted to work in concert with the images in his paintings. Without suggesting a better alternative, Magritte in a 1959 letter complained that "Time Transfixed" was not a suitable translation of his original French title "La durée poignardée." In the same letter, Magritte explained this painted image as an example of the mystery of thought. Rather than use images that are in themselves strange or absurd (such as angels or the creatures of other Surrealists), Magritte brought together commonplace images in improbable ways, enhancing what is specific and mysterious about each.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1970.426
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000
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