Segments in this Video

Rene Magritte: Introduction (02:06)


This segment orients viewers to Magritte's work and approach to art.

Inspiring Art (03:34)

Young describes his introduction to Magritte's work; see "Empire of Lights." Magritte disliked interpretations of his work but often discussed his art.

Rue Esseghem (03:17)

Young explores Magritte's home, turned museum. Paintings like, "The Human Condition" and "Homage to Mack Sennett" mirror objects in the home.

Magritte's Early Influence (02:21)

Magritte wanted to bring a new perspective to ordinary things. Magritte was born in Lessines in 1898. As a child, he met an artist in a cemetery who inspired him.

Magritte's Childhood Tragedy (02:44)

Magritte's family moved to Chatelet, Belgium in 1904. His mother's mental health worsened and she committed suicide in 1912. Magritte denied her death had a lasting effect on him.

Magritte's Love (03:43)

In 1913, Magritte met Georgette Berger at a street fair. He enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in 1916 where he became disillusioned. Charly Herscovici describes Georgette and her relationship with her husband.

Brussels Surrealists (02:36)

Magritte often met with other artists at a coffee house and experimented with styles; "Songs of Love" gave him a new perspective. Magritte's first surrealist work was "The Lost Jockey."

Everyday Objects in a New Order (03:25)

Magritte placed objects in unusual situations. Critics rejected his art displayed during a 1927 exhibition; he moved to Paris. Magritte did not like his works interpreted in terms of the unconscious.

Pragmatic Artist (02:52)

Magritte and his wife struggled financially during "the Paris years;" they returned to Brussels in 1930. Magritte and his brother started Studio Dongo. Experts discuss a progression of art that exhibits female sexuality.

Bowler Hat (03:07)

Magritte went to London in 1936. Young purchases a hat at Lock & Co. The Bowler hat figure first appeared in Magritte's work in 1926; Magritte wore a hat to mask his nonconformity.

Magritte's Return to London (03:49)

In 1937, Edward James commissioned "The Red Model," "Not to be Reproduced," and "Time Transfixed." Magritte and his wife fell in love with other people. Depression and WWII impacted the style of Magritte's work; the art was not well received.

Magritte's New Medium (03:03)

Magritte discovered the cine camera in the 1950s; see home movies. In 1953, Magritte painted the walls of a room at "Knokke-le-Zoute.

"The Hunters at the Edge of the Night" (02:55)

During a period of six years, the value of Magritte's work increased eight-fold. Routine was very important and fame made him feel uneasy. Young attends a sale of surrealist art and sees an early Magritte.

Magritte's Legacy (03:06)

In his 60s, Magritte produced "The Son of Man," The Domain of Arnheim," and "Golconda." In 1967, Magritte died of pancreatic cancer. Magritte's work influenced album cover artists.

Influencing Modern Art (02:32)

Gavin Turk created sculptures based on Magritte's work. Magritte influences many avenues of art, including advertising. See archival footage of a Magritte interview.

Credits: Rene Magritte: The Man in the Hat (00:44)

Credits: Rene Magritte: The Man in the Hat

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Whilst other boys at boarding school were putting up pictures of scantily clad girls or footballers on their walls, British singer and actor Will Young was opting for a more refined option – the work of the wittiest misfit of the surrealist bunch- René Magritte. Join Will as he travels to the artist’s birthplace in Brussels to discover more about the man behind the iconic bowler hat. Visiting his home, now a museum, the film reveals the life and amazing works of one of the most influential figures in 20th Century art, a painter whose trademark suits and bowler hats concealed a rebellious and subversive nature.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL93783

ISBN: 978-1-68272-054-7

Copyright date: ©2015

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