Part of lost Magritte found

September 8 2016

Image of Part of lost Magritte found

Picture: Guardian

Investigation of a painting by Magritte at the Norwich Castle Museum has revealed that it was painted over part of his 'Enchanted Pose' (above), which has been missing since the early 20th Century. Magritte, for reasons unknown, chopped the canvas up after its exhibition in 1927 and used it for other pictures. Two bits have previously been found, and now the Norwich discovery - underneath Magritte's The Human Condition - of the bottom right hand corner (as seen in an X-ray below) makes a third. There's one quarter left to find, apparently.

The discovery was made by a sharp-eyed conservator, reports The Guardian:

The Norwich Castle discovery came to light while Alice Tavares da Silva, a conservator who also works for the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, was studying the picture before its loan to the major Magritte retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which opens this month.

Once the picture’s frame had been removed, she noticed the edges had been painted over and round the stretcher in a way that was unrelated to the composition on the front. There were details, she later discovered, such as “a little bit of the blue sky”.

Further research led her to a report by conservators at MoMA. The painting was then transferred to the Hamilton Kerr Institute to be x-rayed and studied further. The results confirmed initial suspicions. She describes the discovery as “hugely exciting”.

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