A detail of the surrealist painting of Magritte representing a sky bird” © Fondation Magritte / C. Herscovici L’oiseau de ciel” (1926) is illustrated on the surface of this glass half dome paperweight.
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.
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.”
Size: 3in Dia x 1.5inH
Weight (lbs): 0.75 lbs