Name: Rene Magritte
Born in Belgium, Magritte started taking art classes when he was just 12 years old. His mother committed suicide when he was 14 years old and his father was a tailor and unsuccessful merchant. In 1922 Magritte married Georgette Berger.
Magritte studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Inspired by the work of Giorgio Chirico, his paintings are associated with the Surrealist movement. His meeting with Chirico was an artistic turning point for Magritte and he became close to the Dadaist artists and co-operated with Francis Picabia and Man Ray on the magazines Aesophage and Marie.
Magritte's first solo exhibition was held in Brussels during 1927. His work is meticulous and skilled and is noted for works which contain ordinary objects in an extraordinary context.
Magritte died of cancer in Brussels, at the age of 69
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