La Reproduction Interdite

René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967): La Reproduction Interdite, 1937 (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Rotterdam) – Surrealist patron Edward James allowed Magritte to stay rent free in his London home and pint. James is featured in La Reproduction Interdite, an oil painting also known as Not to be Reproduced… During 1947-48, Magritte’s “Vache Period,” he painted in a provocative and crude Fauve style. During this time, Magritte supported himself through the production of fake Picassos, Braques and Chiricos, a fraudulent repertoire he was later to expand into the printing of forged banknotes during the lean postwar period…



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