after Rene Magritte - L’ Homme au chapeau Melon


Etching in black & white, 1968, on on Japon paper, with artists signature stamp and stamp reading “Gravure Originale Atelier Rene Magritte” in oval, bottom right.

Edition: XXV

The edition consisted also of 150 on Japon nacre paper ;

25 “hors commerce” examples numbered I/XXV/XXV/XXV on Rives paper ; 

25 “hors commerce” examples numbered I/XXV/XXV/XXV on Japon Nacre paper ;

A small number of artist proof copies on Rives and Japon marked ea

Size: 7.75 x 5.5 in. (image). Sheet: 11 x 8 3/4 in.

Publisher: Atelier Georges Visat, Paris;

Printed by: Atelier Georges Visat, Paris

Note: This is plate IV (of four) illustrating the volume “Le LIen de Paille,” by Louis Scutenaire 

During 1968 and some months prior to his death in August of that year Magritte initiated a project with George Visat, Director and Master Printer of Atelier Georges Visat in Paris. Magritte presented Visat with a number of colour sketches which were proposed to be studies for colour engravings. Unfortunately the artist fell ill and died before these could be produced. After the artists death the publisher got together with his widow, Georgette Magritte, and they decided to complete the project. This item was part of the project and is correctly described as “after Magritte”. The work is properly described and catalogued in the Magritte Catalogue Raisonee by Kaplan & Baum.

Literature: Kaplan & Baum “The Graphic work of Rene Magritte” Number 19

Provenance: The estate of Dr. Seymour Ira Schwartz, Rochester, New York. Seymour I. Schwartz, (January 22, 1928 – August 28, 2020) was the Distinguished Alumni Professor for the Department of Surgeryat the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York . He was one of the most prolific and honored surgeons in American history with further successes outside of the field of medicine as a renowned author and cartographic historian