The Empire of Light (French: L'Empire des lumières) is the title of a succession of paintings by René Magritte. They depict the paradoxical image of a nocturnal landscape beneath a sunlit sky. He explored the theme in 27 paintings (17 oil paintings and 10 gouaches) from the 1940s to the 1960s. The paintings were not planned as a formal series. They have never all been exhibited together and are rarely exhibited in sm...
Framed size: 115 x 147 cm
Image size: 114 x 146 cm
High quality aluminium floater frame.
6 cm depth x 1.5 cm border width.
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In the 1920’s, a Belgian artist began creating thought-provoking images that challenged people’s preconceived perceptions of reality. His public image of an average man in suit and bowler hat, living in the suburban anonymity of Brussels, was designed to defeat inquiries into his personal life.
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L’Empire des Lumières is perhaps René Magritte’s most famous and celebrated masterpiece. The artist himself saw in this emblematic painting the essence of his œuvre.
"The Empire of Lights are the things I had the idea of a nocturnal landscape and a sky as we see it in broad daylight. This evocation of night and day seems to me endowed with the power to surprise and delight us. I call this power: poetry" René Magritte
This Magritte masterpiece features many of his key elements of his artistic vocabulary: a street light, a nocturnal urban landscape and his iconic clouds scattered on a bright blue sky. These are pictorial themes he used during all his career.
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