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Les eaux profondes by René Magritte

René Magritte

Les eaux profondes, 1941

Oil on canvas
65.4 x 50.5 cm (25.75 x 19.88 in)
Unique artwork
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Last recorded sale at Christie's, New York (16 May 2024)

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Past Sales
ImageSale dateAuction houseLocationSale nameLot No.EstimatePrice SoldConditionTitle
May 16, 2024
Christie'sNew York20th Century Evening Sale32B
$****** - ******
Les eaux profondes
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Artwork Description



65.4 x 50.5 cm (25.75 x 19.88 in)


oil on canvas


signed "Magritte" (upper right); signed again, dated, titled and inscribed "LES EAUX PROFONDES" Magritte 1942" (on the reverse); signed and titled again "Magritte "LES EAUX PROFONDES" (on the stretcher)


Lou Cosyn, Brussels (probably acquired from the artist).

Bodley Gallery, New York (by 1962).

Acquired from the above by the family of the present owners, circa 1965.


Brussels, Galerie Dietrich, Quelques peintres et sculpteurs exposent , November-December 1941, no. 13.

New York, Bodley Gallery, Magritte , October 1962, no. 6 (illustrated; dated 1942).

The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, René Magritte , March-April 1964, no. 28.

Houston, Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Secret Affinities: Words and Images by René Magritte , October 1976-January 1977, pp. 12 and 26 (illustrated, p. 12; dated 1942).

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts and Paris, Musée national d"art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Magritte , October 1978-April 1979, no. 126 (illustrated).

London, The Hayward Gallery; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Houston, The Menil Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago, Magritte , May 1992-May 1993, no. 84 (illustrated in color).

Paris, La Fondation Cartier pour l"art contemporain, Comme un oiseau , June-October 1996, pp. 103 and 187 (illustrated in color, p. 103).

Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Ren é Magritte , March-June 1998, p. 141, no. 128 (illustrated in color).

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences , November 2000-March 2001, pp. 314, 359 and 475 (illustrated in color, p. 359).

Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, El mundo invisible de René Magritte , March-July 2010, p. 98 (illustrated in color, p. 99; illustrated in color again on the cover).

Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections , February-May 2013, pp. 157 and 182 (illustrated in color, p. 157).


Letter from R. Magritte to M. Mariën, 31 May 1943.

M. Mariën, intro., Magritte , Brussels, 1943 (illustrated in color, pl. 4).

W. Chveck, Anacharsis , Antwerp, 1944, pp. 18-19.

R. Magritte, La Destination: Lettres à Marcel Mariën , Brussels, 1977, p. 54, letter no. 47.

D. Sylvester, Magritte , Brussels, 1992, pp. 256-257 and 327 (illustrated in color, p. 258).

D. Sylvester and S. Whitfield, René Magritte: Catalogue Raisonné , Oil Paintings and Objects, 1931-1948 , London, 1993, vol. II, p. 289-290, no. 491 (illustrated, p. 289).

S. Barron and M. Draguet, Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images , exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006, p. 21 (illustrated in color; dated 1942).

S. Gohr, Magritte: Attempting the Impossible , New York, 2009, p. 186, no. 262 (illustrated in color, p. 185).

A. Norasingh-Ertaud, ed., Magritte, Renoir: Le surr é alisme en plein soleil , exh. cat., Musée de l"Orangerie, Paris, 2021, p. 36 (illustrated in color, fig. 20).


RENE MAGRITTE (1898-1967)

Magritte, R.

Les eaux profondes

signed "Magritte" (upper right); signed again, dated, titled and inscribed "LES EAUX PROFONDES" Magritte 1942" (on the reverse); signed and titled again "Magritte "LES EAUX PROFONDES" (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

25 ¾ x 19 7/8 in. (65.3 x 50.3 cm.)

Painted in 1941