The Talkative Jewels (les Bijoux indiscrets), for the Christmas issue of "Twentieth Century (XXe Siècle)Artist(s)René MagritteObject Creation Date1963Medium & Supportcolor lithograph on paperDimensions
9 5/8 in x 12 3/8 in (24.45 cm x 31.43 cm);9 1/4 in x 11 7/8 in (23.5 cm x 30.16 cm);18 1/16 in x 22 1/8 in (45.88 cm x 56.2 cm)Credit LineGift of James K. Thompson, Jr. and Mary Constance ThompsonLabel copy
It was only late in life that Magritte began making prints. The present work, which relates to a painting of 1963, is his first lithograph, printed the same year at the Moulot atelier in Paris. The lithograph appeared as a deluxe edition and, in the case of the impression seen here, as a plate bound within each Christmas 1963 issue of the French art magazine XXe Siècle (Twentieth Century).
This image of an arm from which a face, like a bizarre, living bracelet, emerges from the wrist, has a witty title, itself an allusion to the salacious novel of the same name, written in 1743 by French philosophe Diderot.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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