Born René François Ghislain Magritte in 1898 in Lessines, Belgium, René Magritte was the most celebrated Belgian artist of the twentieth century. At the core, he was a surrealist artist whose paintings challenged the relationship between labels and images.
His best works are famous for using thought-provoking and witty images, as well as portraying everyday objects like smoke pipes in odd contexts.
Magritte’s unusual imagery has had a major influence on conceptual art, minimalist art, and pop art. Most of his works are in the hands of private collectors, though some are exhibited at major museums like The Guggenheim and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He passed away in 1967 in Brussels, Belgium.