The Menaced Assassin

The Menaced Assassin Painting by Rene Magritte.

The Menaced Assassin by Rene Magritte

The Menaced Assassin by Rene Magritte was produced in 1927 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Surrealism movement. The work can be viewed now at Modern Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): assassin, death


The Menaced Assassin is an oil painting produced in 1927 by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.

The Menaced Assassin was exhibited in Rene Magritte first solo exhibition in 1927.

The Menaced Assassin was regarded as one of Rene Magritte’s largest and most theatrical works. Rene was also the fan of the crime fiction and the pre First World War. The Murderous Corpse was the film released in 1913 from which Rene Magritte inspired and painted the two detectives like figures near the doorframe. As the name suggests, the main subject of the painting was a nude woman lying on a nearby couch and her body was smeared with blood. A standing nearby well-dressed man was the assassin of her and was ready to leaving the room while leaving behind his coat and a hat. He put those things on a chair placed near his bag. He was feeling somewhat relaxed manner and delayed due to the sound of the music which was coming from the gramophone being placed on the table. On the far left and far right of the painting, two man were standing definitely his colleagues armed with clubs and net were waiting for him. Behind the assassin was a window from which three other men were also watching. The dimensions of the painting The Menaced Assassin were 150.4 cm × 195.2 cm or 59.2 in × 76.9 in.

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


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