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Inscription

lower left in brush and black ink: Magritte; by later hand, upper right verso in graphite: 18656 Mellon; by later hand, lower right in blue pencil: encienra (?)

Provenance

(Galerie L'Epoque, Brussels); E.L.T. Messens [1903-1971], London; (sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 April 1972, no. 110); (Baskett and Day, London); purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1961
Magritte, Grovesnor Gallery, London, 1961, no. 10.
2001
A Century of Drawing, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2001-2002, no. 53, as The Murderous Sky.
2011
René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, Tate Liverpool; Albertina, Vienna, 2011-2012, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Bibliography
1992
Sylvester, David, ed. René Magritte Catalogue Raisonné. 4 vols. Houston: Menil Foundation and London: Philip Wilson, 1992.
2001
A Century of Drawing. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2001-2002: no. 53.