Magritte – Life Line

The iconic surrealist artist : Magritte

Magritte Lifetime

Magritte LifelineXavier Canonne, Julie Waseige

Magritte Life Line is a broad and insightful study into René Magritte’s masterpieces before and after the pinnacle moment of 20th November 1938 – the date in which the artist spoke in public for the very first time at the Royal Musée des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp.

This day is now known as “La Ligne de vie” (Lifeline) and this conference was one of the rare occasions in which the artist opened up to the public, clarifying his beginnings and the evolution of his painting. Without explaining his works, he gave a series of examples that outlined the genesis of his art, endeavouring to define thirteen years of Surrealist painting. Even during this conference however, he refused to detail his works.

The book presents about seventy of Magritte’s paintings, gouaches and drawings and includes studies by international researchers Xavier Canonne and Julie Waseige both on his poetry and art evolution.

It also includes Magritte’s masterpieces before and after “La Ligne de vie” as well as documents, catalogues, musical scores, photographs by Magritte and his fellow artists and screenshots of his films so as to give a broad overview on his entire artistic experience.

Authors :
Xavier Canonne, an expert on Surrealist painting, art historian and curator, author and scholar, is the director of the Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi.

Julie Waseige, art historian and researcher for the Royal Museums of
Belgium, is scientific collaborator at the Musée Magritte in Brussels.


Edited byXavier Canonne and Julie Waseige

Language: English
Length: 176 pages
Size: 22 x 28cm
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
Binding: Hardcover
Price: £32.00 / $45.00 / $57.50 CAN
ISBN: 978-88-572-38 97-5