The Les Amants Painting

artist abstract

who was rené magritte?

The Belgian painter René François Ghislain Magritte was known as a Surrealist artist but also started his painting career exploring styles like Impressionism, Cubism, and Futurism.

contextual analysis

Les Amants by René Magritte were all painted in 1928. The first version is held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, which depicts the lovers kissing with a piece of fabric over their heads.

analysis of the artwork


Interestingly, René Magritte’s spatial composition in Les Amants (The Lovers) has been connected to his interest in cinematography as if the lovers are being framed by a camera lens.

visual description

In Les Amants (The Lovers), René Magritte depicts a couple kissing, however, this is no ordinary kiss. The couple, the woman to the left and the man to the right, both have a white piece of fabric covering their entire heads.

what is the meaning?

There are several interpretations of Les Amants (The Lovers) (1928) by René Magritte and many point to the artist’s past and his mother’s suicide.

unveiling magritte

The series of four paintings titled Les Amants by Magritte are unique in their depiction of two lovers, posed differently in each painting with backgrounds that are seemingly random and unrecognizable.