The Menaced Assassin

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The Menaced Assassin
The Menaced Assassin.jpg
ArtistRené Magritte
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions150.4 cm × 195.2 cm (59.2 in × 76.9 in)
LocationMuseum of Modern Art, New York City

The Menaced Assassin (French: L'Assassin menacé) is a 1927 oil on canvas painting by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.

The main subject of the painting, a blood-smeared nude woman, is seen lying on a couch. The assassin of the painting's title, a well-dressed man, stands ready to leave, his coat and hat on a chair next to his bag. He is however delayed by the sound of music, and in an unhurriedly relaxed manner, listens to a gramophone. In the meantime, two men armed with club and net wait in the foyer to ensnare him, as three more men also watch from over the balcony.


  • Museum of Modern Art (November 2004). MoMA Highlights: 350 Works from The Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-87070-490-1.