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The Enchanted Pose

The Enchanted Pose is a 1927 painting by René Magritte[1] depicting a side-by-side pair of identical female nudes in a bare interior. It has been lost since the 1930s.[2]

The Enchanted Pose
Artist René Magritte
Year 1927 (1927)
Type Painting

In 2013, technicians examining Magritte paintings using x-ray fluorescence discovered fragments of the composition concealed under two compositions Magritte painted in the 1930s. Sometime between 1927 and the mid-1930s, Magritte had cut the painting into pieces and recycled the canvas, to be painted over. In 2016, a third fragment was identified under a painting entitled The Human Condition in the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. As of 2016, only one of the four pieces is unaccounted for.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ "The Discovery of Magritte’s The Enchanted Pose". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  2. ^ Martins, Ana (2013-12-10). "Magritte’s The Enchanted Pose, 1927: Palette Unveiled". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  3. ^ Dalya Alberge. "Missing piece of lost Magritte painting is discovered in Norwich | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Amanda. "Conservators Find Lost Fragment of Magritte Canvas | artnet News". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Curators Are One Piece Closer to Solving the Mystery of Magritte’s Missing Painting | Smart News | Smithsonian". Retrieved 2016-09-15.