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bronk asked

Dear sir or madame, When is the painting "La reproduction interdite" of Rene Magritte back in Rotterdam? Where is it in the mean time? Thank you very much.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Bronk, this painting is part of a travelling exhibition on Surrealism, and will again be on view at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 11 February, as part of the exhibition Mad About Surrealism. Right now 'La reproduction interdite' is on view at the National Galleries Schotland (until 11 September) and from 7 October - 22 January you can find the painting at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. All the best, Rianne

giovanni asked

hi, I am doing a research on "La reproduction interdite" and would like to know the date that has come to your museum (1977?) and where it was before coming here. thank you.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Giovanni, it was acquired in 1977 from the Edward James Foundation. Best, Rianne

Uwe Saint-Mont asked

Hello, I would like to use "La reproduction interdite" as an illustration in a scientific article. Is there a copyright issue? Sincerely, U. Saint-Mont. Professor at Nordhausen Univ. of Applied Sciences, Germany

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Uwe, yes there is. In the Netherlands Magritte is represented by Pictoright. For further info, please contact Best, Rianne


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Tim Akkerman

La reproduction interdite

René Magritte (in 1937)

The thing that interested the Belgian surrealist artist Magritte was the mystery that lay in everyday visible reality. He was not so much inspired by the invisible, the subconscious and dream images but rather by ordinary objects to which he gave a twist. The man Magritte portrays here is the eccentric wealthy Englishman Edward James. He was a friend of the artist and bought various works from him. In the 1930s Edward James was the benefactor of both Dalí and Magritte. Magritte based the portrait on a photograph he made of Edward James looking at the painting 'On the threshold of freedom'.


Title La reproduction interdite
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 03
Dimensions (general) Height : 81 cm
Width : 65,5 cm
Thickness : 2 cm
Makers Painter: René Magritte
Accession number 2939 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1977
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1977
Age maker About 39 years old
Collector Collector / Edward James
Exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Gek van surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte... (2016)
Magritte, Broodthaers & de hedendaagse kunst (2017)
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938 (2013)
Surreal Encounters - Collecting the Marvellous (2016)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

René Magritte

Lessen 1898 - Schaarbeek 1967

René Magritte studied at the academy in Brussels. He began as pattern designer in a carpet factory and as painter by painting and designing advertising posters..