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René Magritte
(1898 - 1967)

1898 Born René-Francois-Ghislain Magritte 21 November in the Belgian province of Hainaut
1910 Family moves to Chatelet, where René studies drawing
1912 Mother commits suicide
1913 René, his father and brothers settle in Charleroi
1916 Studies at the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels
1921 Called for military service
1922 Marries Geogette Berger, works as a designer in a wallpaper factory
1926 Contract with the Galerie le Centaure in Brussels
1927 Moves to Le Perreux-sur-Marne, near Paris, active in the Parisian Surrealist circle
1929 Words and Images published in La Révolution Surréaliste, visits Dali in Spain
1930 Returns to Belgium
1940 Joins exodus of Belgians following the German invasion of 19 May, spends three months in France before returning to Brussels
1945 Joins and abandons Communist Party
1948 Fauvist period Magritte calls "lépoque vache"
1954 Writes Thought and Images for the catalogue of his retrospective at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
1956 Awarded the Guggenheim Prize for Belgium
1960 Luc de Heusch makes a film with and about Magritte entitled La lecon des choses, ou Magritte
1965 René and Georgette Magritte visit United States
1966 René and Georgette travel to Israel
1967 Dies 15 August

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