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Rene Magritte sketchbook Le Probleme du Fantome

Remarkable sketchbook titled on the cover “Le Probleme du Fantome,” 4 x 5.5, circa 1946, containing 49 original sketches by Magritte in ink and pencil (several back-to-back), six of which are signed in pencil with his last name, “Magritte.” The sketchbook features representations of various subjects in the artist’s recognizable style, including studies of classic Magrittian tropes—among these are a hot air balloon, leaves, faces, landscapes in linear perspective, and hands. About half of the drawings are of ghostlike figures depicted in many different manners, from ghosts shrouded in shadowy darkness to chubby stuffed bedsheets. In overall fine condition, with uniform toning throughout and the last page folded along a fragile perforation.

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Rene Magritte


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