Personal Values is an oil painting produced in 1952 by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte.
The Musee Magritte Museum hosted the painting until 2015 and now it was lent by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The painting Personal Values style was similar to the Old master’s style i.e. more realistic and ultrafine. Rene Magritte used a deadpan to illustrate the articulated content of this picture which results in a power paradox. It means that there were certain beautiful images in clarity and simplicity but they could provoke unsettling thoughts. These pictures seem to declare that they were hiding nothing but at the same time were so strange. Rene Magritte wanted that the viewers would start to question the definition of the painting. The comb in this painting represents a tool with a socially accepted exterior behavior. Its position depicts a standing figure and a relationship with the pillow.
Pink and blue was the only painting in which the couple decided to paint their young daughters together while the oldest daughter Irene was painted alone. This painting of Irene was conserved by the Foundation E.G. Buhrle in Zurich. The youngest daughter Alice, at the age of 89 died in 1965 in Nice. She was married to Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend who was the British Army officer. He was leading to his command at Kul al Amara which led to its destruction in 1916.
The other girl, Elisabeth had a tragic destiny. Jean de Forceville was her first husband, after her divorce to him; she married Alfred Emile Denfert Rochereau and divorced from him too. Jean de Monbrison was the nephew of Elisabeth who wrote a letter to Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Sao Paulo during an exhibition reporting that she was sent to Auschwitz due to her Jewish descent where she died on 1944 at the age of 69, on the way to the concentration camp.
The work can be viewed at Musée Magritte Museum, Belgium