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In addition to fantastic elements, he displayed a mordant wit, creating surrealist versions of famous paintings, as in Madame Récamier de David (1949, private collection), in which an elaborate coffin is substituted for the reclining woman in the famous portrait by Jacques Louis David.

Magritte's work was first shown in the United States in New York City in 1936 and again in that city in two retrospectives, one at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965 (U.S. tour, 1966), and the other at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. Magritte continued to work until his health began to fail in 1965. Rene Magritte died on August 15, 1967.

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