La reproduction interdite

La reproduction interdite 1937

René Magritte

Room 03

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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 responded:
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 responded:
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 responded:
Dear Uwe, yes there is. In the Netherlands Magritte is represented by Pictoright. For further info, please contact images@boijmans.nl. Best, Rianne
Emma Sells asked:
What does the book cover say?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Emma, The bookcover in this painting says “Aventures d’Arthur Gordon Pym”, in English “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”, a novel of Edgar Allan Poe. Kind regards, Esther

About this artwork

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'.

About the creator

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. He travelled through the Netherlands, France, England and Germany. From 1927 to 1930 he stayed in Paris, where he came into contact with the French surrealist movement of André Breton. His oeuvre is characterised by scenes in which objects and people are combined together in an unusual way and placed in an unusual setting.


Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Aankoop / Purchase: 1977
inventory number: 2939 (MK)