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Mesmerising Magritte

Magritte’s Museum

Magritte is the most important 20th century Belgian painter and one of the most famous worldwide. That’s why, on 2 June 2009, a new museum dedicated entirely to him was opened in the centre of Brussels.


Perfectly located on the Place Royale, two steps from the The Grand-Place in Brussels and the Brussels Royal Palace, the Magritte Museum - Royal Museums of Fine Arts, is one of the cultural essentials in the European capital. Housed in the elegant Altenloh neoclassical building, it in fact hosts the biggest collection of artworks by this artist.


Magritte's life

René Magritte was born on 21 November 1898 in Lessines, in Hainaut. His family settled in Châtelet in 1910. This is where you can discover the Maison Magritte . René was only 14 when his mother drowned herself in the river Sambre. She was found dead a couple of days later, her face covered by her nightgown. This image will reappear in Magritte’s work.


In 1917, René went to Brussels to study at the Academy of Fine Arts. He married Georgette, who will be his companion, model and Muse. During the 20s, he meets his Surrealist companions. Among them, Magritte, who was influenced by Futurism and de Chirico’s work, is the only painter.


In 1930, the couple moves to Jette. Magritte will live and work there for 24 years. His house became René Magritte Museum in 1999 and was also the headquarters for his Belgian surrealist friends, who also liked to meet in LA FLEUR EN PAPIER DORÉ, a bar kept by an art merchant, whom Magritte was friends with.


In 1954, René and Georgette move to Schaerbeek, on rue des Mimosas, where he dies in 1967.