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Le retour by René Magritte

René Magritte

Le retour, 1950

Gouache on paper
29.5 x 41.6 cm (11.63 x 16.38 in)
Works on Paper
Unique artwork
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Momentum 12M
Last recorded sale at Christie's, London (28 Feb 2023)

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Past Sales
ImageSale dateAuction houseLocationSale nameLot No.EstimatePrice SoldConditionTitle
Feb 28, 2023
Christie'sLondonThe Art of the Surreal Evening Sale118
$****** - ******
Le retour
Feb 2, 2004
Christie'sLondonThe Art of the Surreal69
$****** - ******
Le retour
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Artwork Description

Works on Paper


29.5 x 41.6 cm (11.63 x 16.38 in)


gouache on paper


signed ‘Magritte' (lower left)


Lou Cosyn, Brussels, by whom probably acquired directly from the artist, and thence by descent.

Serge de Bloë, Brussels, by whom acquired from the above.

Private collection, Brussels, by whom acquired from the above circa 1978; sale, Christie's, London, The Art of the Surreal, 2 February 2004, lot 69.

Private collection, Switzerland, by whom acquired at the above sale.


D. Sylvester, ed., S. Whitfield & M. Raeburn, René Magritte, Catalogue Raisonné, vol. IV , Gouaches, Temperas, Watercolours and Papiers Collés, 1918-1967 , Antwerp, 1994, no. app. 173, p. 332 (incorrectly referred to as no. 1397).

S. Whitfield, ed., René Magritte, Newly Discovered Works, Catalogue Raisonné, vol. VI, Brussels, 2012, no. 20, p. 36 (illustrated).


RENÉ MAGRITTE (1898-1967)

Le retour

signed ‘Magritte' (lower left)

gouache on paper

11 5/8 x 16 3/8 in. (29.6 x 41.7 cm.)

Executed circa 1950