While René François Ghislain Magritte wasn’t afraid to use darker colours and paint scenes with a certain sense of menace to them, he also had a more optimistic period (partly triggered by Nazi defeats during the war) during which he saw himself as a prophet of happiness. Suddenly, his paintings became filled with women, flowers, birds and trees.
For the scenes, the luminosity of Renoir’s work very much inspired him, and during the 1940s he painted around fifty works filled with this ‘light’, calling it himself “Surrealism in full sunlight”.
The exhibition shows Magritte’s works in juxtaposition with their inspiration from Renoir. Other comparisons are also made, with works by Jeff Koons, for example.
In all, over sixty paintings and around forty drawings are on show.
You may not know, but the Orangerie reorganised its permanent collection late last year, and the waterlily rooms are still as breathtaking as ever, so there you have numerous reasons for going down and taking a look!