The Lovers

The Lovers by Rene Magritte

The Lovers by Rene Magritte

The Lovers by Rene Magritte was produced in 1928 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Renaissance Art movement. The work can be viewed now at Modern Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): kiss, love


The Lovers is an oil painting produced in 1928 by Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte.

Rene Magritte was only 30 years old when The Lovers was painted.

The lovers was painted by Rene Magritte in which two figures naturally male and a female were locked in an embrace. The face of both of these figures was covered with a cloth and they were kissing one another through veils. They both were placed in a room having a side wall, back wall and a ceiling. The back wall was painted with light grey and blue shaded color on the bottom of the wall while the top half of the wall contains a darker shade of the color. The wall adjacent to it was brick red with light shade at the bottom of the painting joined with the darker shade from top to the adjacent wall. The ceiling of the room was white along the border of the side wall with decorative borders. The border does not continue towards the back wall.

The male subject as painted was wearing a black suit with a white shirt and a tie. The woman on the other hand was in a red garment which was sleeveless and trimmed. The woman skin is tanned as depicted by the arm that was exposed. Rene Magritte painted the male figure in much dominated posture as compared to the woman. The man leans down to kiss the woman and the woman tilts her head up for the man.

Rene Magritte was only 14 years old when his mother committed suicide through drowning into the water. He witnessed his mother’s body when she died and had her wet nightgown covering her face completely. It was thus speculated that this scene inspired Rene Magritte to cover the face of these figures too. The dimensions of the painting The Lovers were 73.4 cm x 54 cm or 21 3/8 in x 28 7/8 in.

The work can be viewed at Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


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