Magritte – Pillow Case – The Sky Bird (1926)
Decorative pillow case featuring a Surrealist painting of Magritte representing a “sky bird”. © Fondation Magritte / C. Herscovici L’oiseau de ciel” (1926)
Commissioned by Gilbert Périer, President of Sabena World Airlines & art collector in 1965, Magritte completed the painting in 1966. The first recorded mention of the painting’s role as a Sabena emblem is found in a letter to Harry Torczyner in which Magritte says: “Thanks to the effort of Mr. Périer, my “sky bird” will also appear on Sabena’s planes. This image has been the subject of a contract which is going to make my life a bit more comfortable.” Soon, the bird will be displayed on timetables, brochures posters, leaflets etc.
Magritte was a painter of ideas; a painter of visible thoughts, rather than of subjects. He valued neither lyrical nor the abstraction. He described his paintings saying, “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
Magritte was an artist who has always created astonishment, and has remained a major figure of Surrealism. In this collection of pillows, each pattern combines realistic elements and abstract representations: it is a rediscovery of the surreal world, full of magic and mystery!
• Invisible zipper opening
• 45cm x 45cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches)
• Jacquard Weave: 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester
• Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
• Handmade in France
With a four-generation legacy of designing and manufacturing tapestries in the fine French tradition, the Jules Pansu company was allowed to create a collection from the paintings of René Magritte with approval from the Fondation Magritte. The works were reproduced without modification, in strict compliance with the original colors and in full, perfectly faithful to Magritte “paintings.
The manufacturer is an established weaving house since 1878 in France, renowned for jacquard-woven tapestries and fabrics in both traditional French and contemporary, innovative designs. Woven and preassembled in France by two awarded best craftman of France”.
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