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lot 175

[René MAGRITTE & GEORGES EEKHOUD ]- Photograph by René Magritte during the demonstration in support of Georges Eekhoud in March 1920.


87 x 170 mm. Text printed on the back (almost erased) with the handwritten number 23237 (S. Ph. A. B.) and the origin: S. Th. A. B.

Magritte in 1920: a memorable photograph.

The naturalist writer Georges Eekhoud (Antwerp, 1854-Brussels, 1927) taught literature for several years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. As a result of his pacifist stance, he was dismissed by the communal authorities in 1919. A movement of protest and international solidarity followed, in which Romain Rolland and Henri Barbusse took part.

"Magritte is one of the defenders of Georges Eekhoud [...]. On 27 March 1920, a "democratic and artistic" event was organised at the Lyric Theatre in Schaerbeek in homage to Eekhoud [...
] A photograph shows the participants in the grandstand. On the far right, we recognize Magritte. In front of the stage are presented the portraits executed by painters in homage to the writer. Among them, those of Flouquet and Magritte [...] What happens then for "L'Affaire Eekhoud" - and whose experience will play a major role in the Belgian position in the face of "L'Affaire Aragon", which will explode less than ten years later - is a catalyst for an avant-garde in gestation, which finds here the opportunity to federate and clarify its values."

Michel Draguet, Magritte, Gallimard, collection Folio-biographies, No. 107 (2016), (pp. 69, 72 and 73)

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