[Belgian surrealists]. Autograph inscription on a booklet for a Magritte exhibition by Paul Colinet with the signatures of René Magritte, Paul Colinet, Irène Hamoir, and Jean Émile Louis Scutenaire.

The Hague, 14. XI. 1936.

Large 8vo. (4) pp. 5 handwritten lines. Original cardboard wrappers.


Interesting inscription to the painter James William Frater (1887-1969), who is addressed as the "corrector of Heraclitus' Bridge", one of Magritte’s paintings on view at the exhibition: "A James Frater (ou, plutôt à Jim) le correcteur du Pont d'Heréclite, l’allègre chiffoneur des papiers bruns, le nouveau Jéovah qui fait un homme rapide du carton immobile". The booklet entitled "Bulletin Internationale Kunst", no. 9, of the Esher Surrey Art Galleries, had been printed for a Magritte exhibition in The Hague (14 November to 5 December 1936). Frater was a student of Jan Toorop and collaborated with Mondrian and Escher. Apparently he had contributed in some form to the painting mentioned in the inscription. The assembled signatures of the writers Paul Colinet (1898-1957), Jean Émile Louis Scutenaire (1905-87), his wife Irène Hamoir (1906-94), and the painter Magritte (1898-1967) bear beautiful testimony to the early years of the Belgian Surrealist movement.

The four-page booklet contains a portrait of Magritte, a short text on the artist, a list of 26 works on display, and two reproductions of paintings on display. Several addenda, including a page of the "Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant", 25 November 1936, with a review of the exhibition entitled "Plastische Kunsten, Rene Magritte, Kunstzaal Esher Surrey".

Booklet shows some browning to the upper margins and a rust stain from the staple.

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