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La reproduction interdite

La reproduction interdite

René Magritte (in 1937)

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  • bronk asked

    Dear sir or madame, When is the painting "La reproduction interdite" of Rene Magritte back in Rotterdam? Where is it in the mean time? Thank you very much.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Bronk, this painting is part of a travelling exhibition on Surrealism, and will again be on view at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 11 February, as part of the exhibition Mad About Surrealism. Right now 'La reproduction interdite' is on view at the National Galleries Schotland (until 11 September) and from 7 October - 22 January you can find the painting at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. All the best, Rianne

  • giovanni asked

    hi, I am doing a research on "La reproduction interdite" and would like to know the date that has come to your museum (1977?) and where it was before coming here. thank you.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Giovanni, it was acquired in 1977 from the Edward James Foundation. Best, Rianne

  • Uwe Saint-Mont asked

    Hello, I would like to use "La reproduction interdite" as an illustration in a scientific article. Is there a copyright issue? Sincerely, U. Saint-Mont. Professor at Nordhausen Univ. of Applied Sciences, Germany

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Uwe, yes there is. In the Netherlands Magritte is represented by Pictoright. For further info, please contact Best, Rianne

  • Emma Sells asked

    What does the book cover say?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Emma,
    The bookcover in this painting says “Aventures d’Arthur Gordon Pym”, in English “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”, a novel of Edgar Allan Poe.
    Kind regards,

  • Eric asked

    Does "Not to Be Reproduced" have a backstory like "The Pleasure Principle" where Magritte had an idea and then asked James if he'd be the subject?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    No, this portrait was actually commissioned by James. Magritte based the portrait on a photograph he made of Edward James looking at the painting 'On the threshold of freedom'. Best, Rianne

  • Stephen Williams asked

    Hello, what is the proper English translation for this painting? It is normally called 'Not to be reproduced' seems a weak translation 'Reproduction is forbidden' sounds stronger and more authoritarian. What do you think? Thanks

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    In our system its offical English title is "Not to be Reproduced"


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The thing that interested the Belgian surrealist artist Magritte was the mystery that lay in everyday visible reality. He was not so much inspired by the invisible, the subconscious and dream images but rather by ordinary objects to which he gave a twist. The man Magritte portrays here is the eccentric wealthy Englishman Edward James. He was a friend of the artist and bought various works from him. In the 1930s Edward James was the benefactor of both Dalí and Magritte. Magritte based the portrait on a photograph he made of Edward James looking at the painting 'On the threshold of freedom'.

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Title La reproduction interdite
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is on view in room i
Dimensions Height 81 cm
Width 65.5 cm
Thickness 2 cm
Artists Schilder: René Magritte
Accession number 2939 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1977
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1977
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / Edward James
Exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Gek van surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte... (2016)
Magritte, Broodthaers & de hedendaagse kunst (2017)
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938 (2013)
Surreal Encounters - Collecting the Marvellous (2016)
Dal nulla al sogno (2018)
Geographical origin Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

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All about the artist

René Magritte

Lessen 1898 - Schaarbeek 1967

René Magritte studied at the academy in Brussels. He began as pattern designer in a carpet factory and as painter by painting and designing advertising posters...

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