Lot 555: Extremely desirable fountain pen and pencil sketch accomplished by Magritte on an off-white 4 x 5 sketchbook page, August 26, , titled at the top in pencil, "Le coup de grace," and signed in the lower border in pencil, "Magritte." The sketch shows an interior scene with a large painting hanging on the wall. Mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size of 7.5 x 9. In fine condition, with uniform toning.
The present sketch was part of a set drawn by Magritte in the summer of 1946 and given to Suzi Gablik in order to support her while writing a monograph on Magritte and the concept of 'art in process.' It is a study done in preparation for a painting entitled 'Le coup de grace,' which was part of a selection for a canceled book project in 1950. According to British art critic David Sylvester, the 'work has left no further trace, and we cannot be sure whether it was an oil or a gouache, or if it was subsequently retitled.' Nevertheless, this sketch is a representation of one of the Magritte's recurring themes—the 'painting within a painting'—best exemplified in his 1930s works known as 'The Human Condition.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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