Rene Magritte (1898-1967) paintings focus on visual paradoxes and everyday objects taken out of context. Recurring motifs include bowler hats, apples, and windows.
His first Surrealist works date from the mid-1920s. Magritte joined the other Surrealists in Paris in 1927. Returning to Brussels in 1930 he painted murals for public buildings, and throughout his life created variations on themes of mystery treated with apparent literalism.