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Magritte - Pillow Case - The Horrendous Stopper (1966) - Cream

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p>Decorative pillow featuring a Surrealist painting of Magritte representing a bowler hat labelled "For external use only", as though it were the stopper for a container filled with dreams or subversive thoughts. © Fondation Magritte / C. Herscovici Le bouchon d'épouvante" (1966)

Magritte was a painter of ideas; a painter of visible thoughts, rather than of subjects. He valued neither lyrical nor the abstraction. He described his paintings saying, My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?' It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable."

Magritte was an artist who has always created astonishment, and has remained a major figure of Surrealism. In this collection of pillows, each pattern combines realistic elements and abstract representations: it is a rediscovery of the surreal world, full of magic and mystery!

With a four-generation legacy of designing and manufacturing tapestries in the fine French tradition, the Jules Pansu company was allowed to create a collection from the paintings of René Magritte with approval from the Fondation Magritte. The works were reproduced without modification, in strict compliance with the original colors and in full, perfectly faithful to Magritte "paintings.

The manufacturer is an established weaving house since 1878 in France, renowned for jacquard-woven tapestries and fabrics in both traditional French and contemporary, innovative designs. Woven and preassembled in France by two awarded best craftman of France".

Technical Specifications

p>• Invisible zipper opening
• 45cm x 45cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches)
• Jacquard Weave: 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester
• Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
• Handmade in France


René Magritte was one of the most famous surrealist painters of all time. His ability to challenge perception inspired many artists to come, such as Andy Warhol, Jan Verdoodt and Jasper Johns. Furthermore, his idiosyncratic vision of Surrealism has won over the hearts and minds of millions. He worked across various media including painting, printmaking, sculpting, photography, and film. His depiction of normal, everyday objects rearranged in an unusual way allowed his viewers to take a deeper look at what was in front of them and realize what the image truly represented. One of his most well-known pieces, The Treachery of Images exemplifies his ability to give new meanings to objects. It is an image of a pipe, and beneath it, a message that reads, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”). This ability to make the mundane strange and the known unknown has solidified Magritte’s talents in the art world. Eventually, it has profoundly affected the Conceptualist and Pop Art movements, to this very day.


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