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ID number:  BIRBI-83.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Magritte, René (1898-1967)
Title / Object name:  The flavour of tears (The taste of sorrow)
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Brussels
Culture:  Belgian
Date made:  1948
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  59.4 x 49.5 cm unframed; 81.5 x 71.6 x 8.5 cm framed
Provenance:  about 1955/57, possibly René Withofs, Brussels; Autumn 1958, Richard L. Feigen, New York; 24 February 1959 sold to Richard S. Zeisler, New York; 26 March 1982 sold to Gibson, London. Purchased from Richard Salmon, November 1983
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Magritte was one of the leading figures of the Surrealist movement, which he joined in 1925. This picture, also known as The taste of sorrow, is typical of his depiction of enigmatic subject matter in a style of disturbing visual clarity. The poetic image of tobacco plants, whose leaves transform themselves into birds, recurs constantly in the artist's works. On the reverse the painting is dated 1948, as is an almost identical replica in the Musée d'Art Moderne, Brussels.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed I.I.: Magritte Inscribed and dated on verso: "LA SAVEUR/ DES LARMES"/1948

Notes:  Exhibited: 'The Vision of René Magritte', The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA, September 1965 - October 1965; Marlborough Gallery, London, UK, 1973; 'René Magritte 1898-1967', Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium, 06 March 1998 - 28 June 1998; 'René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle', Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 24 June 2011 - 16 October 2011; 'René Magritte: The pleasure Principle', Albertina, Vienna, Austria, 01 November 2011 - 28 February 2012

1 Related People

Magritte, René
Belgian
1898
1967

3 Related Publications

Rene Magritte. Catalogue raisonne
Sylvester, D.

1993
Magritte: retrospective loan exhibition

Marlborough Gallery, London
1973
René Magritte 1898-1967

Royal Museums of Fine Art of Belgium, Brussels
1998
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