This Notebook has a cover 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 “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 “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.