Painters Paintings Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967): The Castle of the Pyrenees, 1959, oil on canvas, 20…
Painters Work Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967): The Fortress of the Pyrenees, 1959, oil on canvas, 200 x 145 cm, Israel Museum, Jerusalem . . ‘The Fortress of the Pyrenees’ is one among Magritte’s finest recognized and most-reproduced photos. It embodies the artist’s typical disturbing juxtaposition of acquainted objects, mixed with charming poetry and thriller.
The work was commissioned by the artist’s longtime pal Harry Torczyner.
The unfolding of the fee and evolution of the portray are documented in letters between the 2 males, which have been revealed by the Israel Museum in 1991. Although Magritte had full freedom, the correspondence reveals that his patron was inspired to precise his opinions on the selection of a topic. From various drawings proposed by Magritte, Torczyner chosen one of a big rock surmounted by a citadel. Intimately acquainted with the artist’s repertoire, Torczyner added the suggestion of a sky on a transparent day and a tough darkish sea.