Alex Danchev presents a definitive and insightful biography of the iconic surrealist artist René Magritte.
Through a deep examination of Magritte's friendships and his artistic development, Danchev explores the path of a highly unconventional artist who posed profound questions about the relationship between image and reality, challenged the very nature of authenticity and whose influence can be seen in the work of everyone from Jasper Johns to Beyonce.
René François Ghislain Magritte (1898 - 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist, who became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop art, minimalist art, and conceptual art.
Alex Danchev (1955-2016) was a British historian, biographer and army officer. He was professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where his archive resides.
Sarah Whitfield is an art historian. She is the co-editor of René Magritte: Catalogue Raisonné, and serves on the René Magritte authentication committee.