1898 Lessines/Belgien – 1967 Schaerbeek/Belgien
René Magritte, son of a tailor and a hatmaker, is a modest man all his life, having a very middle-class existence. Yet, his work shows bizarre to morbid motifs, which shape his characteristic style. The suicide of his mother, when he is 14 years old, leaves the motif of the covered head in his art. From an art-historical point of view, it is de Chirico and his Pittura Metafisica, especially the work “Das Lied der Liebe (The Song of Love)”, which should influence the artist in his individual form of expression.