Getty Acquires Letters from Surrealist René Magritte

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today that it has acquired an important group of letters and postcards from the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. The group of over forty autograph letters and postcards to the Belgian Surrealist poet Paul Colinet documents Magritte’s life and career from 1934, about the time the two Surrealists met, to 1957, when Colinet passed away. They number about fifty pages, and also include a telegram, a typescript copy of a letter, and eight letters and postcards from Colinet, all contained in a brown morocco binder.
The correspondence was auctioned at Sotheby’s on June 18 by a collector who acquired the group of letters in London in 1987, following the death of Georgette Magritte, the artist’s widow. They have been in the collector’s possession in the United States since then. The collection of letters adds to the already impressive archival holdings on M