Paris

René Magritte, L’Appel des cimes (The call of the peaks), 1943, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 21 1/4".

René Magritte, L’Appel des cimes (The call of the peaks), 1943, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 21 1/4".

Paris

René Magritte

Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
February 11–June 9, 2003

Magritte (1898–1967) does not lack for major exhibitions, but this retrospective attempts new approaches to the ever-popular and influential Belgian prankster (the last big show was held as recently as 1998, in Brussels). The selection of 110 paintings and fifty watercolors moves from the artist’s first Surrealist period of the mid-’20s through the so-called impressionist and vache moments of the ’40s to his late works of coffins and petrification. The curatorial team, headed by Jeu de Paume director Daniel Abadie, throws a French intellectual lasso around the neck of this poet of enigma and anxiety.