La Géante by René Magritte

The drawing depicts a leaf shaped tree by a stream.

Details

Medium:
Graphite on paper
Dimensions:
28.9 x 23.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£28,678 ( Total: £67,678; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2003
Vendor:
Private vendor

The tree's foliage has been replaced by rows of bricks. On one side of the stream is a curtain and on the other a canon ball, both on a grassy ground. This drawing relates to a group of paintings all titled La Geante, the first of which is dated 1935. In only one of these the artist replaced the vegetative structure of the tree's foliage with bricks, as he does for the drawing. René Magritte was one of the most important Belgian Surrealist artists.

Provenance

Given by the artist to Sir Herbert Read; private collection.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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