François Ghislain Magritte was born on November
21, 1898, in Lessines, Belgium. He studied intermittently
between 1916 and 1918 at the Académie Royale
des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Magritte was mainly
a Surrealist painter and in 1927 he was given
his first solo exhibition at the Galerie le
Centaure in Brussels.
A meticulous, skillful technician, he is noted
for works that contain an extraordinary juxtaposition
of ordinary objects or an unusual context that
gives new meaning to familiar things. This juxtaposition
is frequently termed magic realism, of which
Magritte was the prime exponent.