In this set of a wide variety Magritte questions the nature of the human being, often limited to several cut organs. He simplifies his drawing so that the objects are immediately recognizable, making their interactions even more bizarre. He transposes in an ordinary surrounding the irrational and antique-inspired stages by De Chirico.
On February 27 in London, Christie's sells Le Groupe silencieux, oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm painted in 1926 and exhibited in 1927, lot 107 estimated £ 6.5M.
The walls of the room are pink, the color of the female nude which also excites Magritte at that time. An almost complete humanoid silhouette is a thick cropped board. Three eyes are folded on the edges of a flesh-colored cube in an iconography that anticipates Dali's soft watches.
Art did not escape this grotesque setting with the image of a castle that dissolves in the curtain and a large landscape painting carelessly leaning against the wall on the left.
Visitors are not interested in his intentionally illogical vision of the world. In August 1927 Magritte joined the surrealist group in Paris where the audience was also reluctant. Returning to Brussels in 1930 he exploited through four decades his original idea of the incongruous relations between disparate objects.
SOLD for £ 7.2M including premium