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lower right: Magritte; across top reverse: Le Blanc Seing / 1965

Provenance

(Galérie Alexandre Iolas, Paris); sold 1966 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1965
René Magritte, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Art Institute of Chicago; Pasadena Art Museum; University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1966, no. 82, repro.
1979
19th and 20th Century French Painting from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1979 (long term exhibition), checklist no. 46.
1986
Gifts to the Nation: Selected Acquisitions from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986, unnumbered checklist, repro.
1987
René Magritte, Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne, 1987, no. 118, repro.
1987
René Magritte, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 1987-1988, no. 129, repro.
1992
Magritte, The Hayward Gallery, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago, 1992-1993, no. 125, repro., as Le blanc-seing or Carte blanche.
1996
René Magritte, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 1996-1997, no. 136, repro., as Carte Blanche [Montreal catalogue], and no. 103, repro., as Le blanc-seing (Die Blankovollmacht) [Düsseldorf catalogue].
1998
René Magritte 1898-1967, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, 1998, no. 229, repro.
2002
René Magritte, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo; Nagoya City Art Museum; Hiroshima Museum of Art, 2002, no. 69, repro.
2003
Magritte, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2003, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
2005
René Magritte. The Key to Dreams (René Magritte. Der Schlüssel der Träume), Kunstforum Wien, Vienna; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2005, no. 96, repro.
2009
Visual Deception, Nagoya City Art Museum; The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, 2009, no. 105, repro.
2010
El mundo invisible de René Magritte [The Invisible World of René Magritte], Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2010, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Bibliography
1989
Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 102, repro. 103.
1998
Gilbert, Rita. Living with Art. 5th ed. New York, 1998: fig. 9.