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#558 - Rene Magritte

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Rare, whimsical portrait of his Surrealist collaborator
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ALS in French, signed “Magritte,” one page on a 5.25 x 3.5 postcard depicting a young man flipping through a magazine, postmarked August 1932. Letter to Belgian writer Marcel Lecomte, apologizing for being indisposed and drawing a detailed sketch, adding (translated): "I suppose this will look like you a little at this time.” The fabulous sketch portrays Lecomte holding a bundle of papers and walking backwards when arriving at the Gare du Midi train station. Some noticeable brushing to ink, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an original candid photograph of Lecomte mimicking the pose in Magritte’s sketch.

Lecomte became one of Magritte’s close friends after meeting in 1922, and clearly influenced the artist’s interest in the Surrealist movement—it was through Lecomte that he was introduced to Giorgio de Chirico’s ‘The Song of Love’ in 1923, a work that would have a profound impact on Magritte’s vision of painting. This postcard comes from a time still relatively early in Magritte’s artistic career when he was working in advertising to earn a living wage; Lecomte also had a day job as a teacher and did not turn exclusively to writing until 1945. They sometimes contributed to each other’s work and Magritte often drew inspiration from his friend for his own paintings—just as he does for the present sketch. Offering playful original artwork by the famed Surrealist with a close personal association, this is an exceedingly desirable piece. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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