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Le modèle rouge III

René Magritte (in 1937)

Magritte loved confronting the viewer with an impossible image that looks deceptively real. The fence in this picture seems perfectly normal but those foot-boots most certainly do not. Their meaning is a mystery. A title usually helps with an incomprehensible scene. Not this time. 'The red model' - red? model? - just adds to the confusion.


Title Le modèle rouge III
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 03
Dimensions (general) Thickness : 3,5 cm
Width : 136 cm
Height : 183 cm
Makers Painter: René Magritte
Accession number 2992 (MK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt, Prins Bernhard Fonds, Erasmusstichting, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht Rotterdam en / and Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1979
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1979
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 Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938 (2013)
Surreal Encounters - Collecting the Marvellous (2016)
Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte... (2016)
Magritte, Broodthaers & de hedendaagse kunst (2017)
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..