SFMOMA René Magritte Exhibit Shows Artist's Break with Surrealism

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René Magritte, The Fifth Season, 1943; oil on canvas; Les Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Image: SFMOMA)

René Magritte was already well-known for his surrealistic depictions of bowler hats and oversize fruit when he painted the impressionistic “The Fifth Season” in 1943. The painting, created against the backdrop of World War II, marked an artistic departure for the painter and signaled his break with Surrealism. "The Fifth Season" and more of Magritte's later-stage art can be viewed at SFMOMA through October 28th. Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture Gary Garrels joins us to discuss the exhibit and how Magritte found his voice late in his career.


Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas senior curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA