Early surrealist Magritte artwork to sell in Paris

Sotheby’s will offer one of Rene Magritte’s earliest surrealist paintings in its October 19 Modernities sale in Paris.

The unsettling piece is titled Le Toit du Monde (1926).

A year earlier, Magritte had made the acquaintance of Paul Nouge – a pioneering Belgian surrealist writer – who had profoundly influenced the direction of his work.

Rene Magritte Toit

Magritte's work is designed to unsettle 

As well as being a poet, Nouge worked in a laboratory and was interested in the ability of the magnifying glass to create landscapes out of tiny objects.

That idea is reflected in this work, which has an organic, biological feel.

Magritte is one of the most influential figures in art history, which is reflected in recent prices for his work.

In March, his La Corde Sensible sold for a record £15.2m ($18.9m) in London.

This piece is expected to make $1.5m-2.3m.

We’re selling this extraordinary signature from the biggest name in 20th century art.

Meanwhile Claude Monet’s Marine (1882) looks poised to achieve $1.1m-1.7m.

He painted the canvas on the Normandy coast. As Monet moves into his late period, the people and signs of human habitation begin to disappear from his canvases.

Nature takes centre stage.

The present lot was painted around a year before Monet moved to the house in Giverny, which would be the site of his most celebrated works – the Water Lilies.

Please sign up to our free newsletter to receive exciting news about art and photography auctions.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£65,000
In stock