False Mirror (René Magritte)

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The False Mirror (1928) is a surrealist oil painting by René Magritte that depicts a human eye framing a cloudy, blue sky.[1][2][3] In the depiction of the eye in the painting, the clouds take the place normally occupied by the iris.[4][5][6] The painting's original French title is Le faux miroir.[7]


Magritte painted two versions of Le faux miroir.[8]

The original version of False Mirror was painted at Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France in 1928. Between 1933 and 1936 it was owned by the surrealist photographer Man Ray.[9][10] The painting was purchased from Man Ray by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It has remained in the MOMA permanent in collection since its purchase.[11]

Magritte painted a second version of The False Mirror in 1935. The oil on canvas work, sized 19 x 27cm, is in a private collection.[12][13][7]

A gouache on paper version of The False Mirror, executed by Magritte in 1952, sold at auction in 2010 for GBP 373,250.[14]

In popular culture[edit]

The painting is said to be one of the inspirations for the 1952 CBS television "eye" logo designed by William Golden.[15][16][17][18][19]

Vaporwave and New Age producer Eco Virtual used this painting as the album cover on her second album, ATMOSPHERES 第2.[20]


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  2. ^ David Adam Brubaker; Chunchen Wang (12 February 2015). Jizi and His Art in Contemporary China: Unification. Springer. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-3-662-44929-5.
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  10. ^ Rebecca Houze (19 May 2016). New Mythologies in Design and Culture: Reading Signs and Symbols in the Visual Landscape. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-1-4725-1849-1.
  11. ^ René Magritte. The False Mirror. Le Perreux-sur-Marne, 1928 | MoMA
  12. ^ René Magritte (2002). The Portable Magritte. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-0665-4.
  13. ^ Jacques Meuris; René Magritte (1994). Magritte. Benedikt Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-0546-6.
  14. ^ http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/rene-magritte-1898-1967-le-faux-miroir-5289421-details.aspx
  15. ^ Richard D. Zakia (11 February 2013). Perception and Imaging: Photography--A Way of Seeing. Taylor & Francis. pp. 320–. ISBN 978-1-136-09237-4.
  16. ^ Maurice Berger (2014). Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. Yale University Press. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-0-300-20793-4.
  17. ^ After 64 years, the "Eye" still resonates - CBS News
  18. ^ René Magritte: The artist who turned the world on its head - Telegraph
  19. ^ Magritte's famous work displayed at Art Institute - tribunedigital-chicagotribune
  20. ^ ATMOSPHERES 第2