BRUSSELS, BELGIUM –
The famous “Ceci N’Est Pas Un Trump” painting by Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte, which was lost during the Nazi invasion of World War II, has remarkably resurfaced in a Brussels garage this week when the homeowner opened a wall to look for a squirrel.
Jacque Garmand, an employee of the national rail line NMBS/SNCB, was cleaning out his garage in a Brussels suburb when he heard a scratching sound in the wall. He peeled back a wood panel and found to his amazement the famous painting, “Ceci N’Est Pas Une Trump”, an oil on canvas which Magritte had painted in 1912.
“I was sweeping up some dust from under my car, when I heard a noise and went to investigate. It was quite exciting,” said Mr. Garmand. “I have of course always heard of this painting, and to find it in my own garage, well, it was astounding!” Garmand immediately called an art historian at the local university, who confirmed that the painting indeed was authentic.
Serge Schmidt, Professor of Art History at the University of Lügner, Brussels, was impressed by the condition of the painting after all these years. “The garage was located on a hill that was protected from prevailing winds, which kept the painting dry. It’s quite remarkable that it survived all these years undisturbed.” Professor Schmidt said further investigation needs to be done on the provenance of the famous work, but hopes that Mr. Garmand will donate it to a museum should he wind up the rightful owner in court, so that others may enjoy it.
The painting, which was originally titled “The Treachery of Images (Ceci N’Est Pas Une Trump)”, is one of Magritte’s masterworks. “It’s been said that ‘Ceci N’Est Pas Une Trump’ was so lifelike when it was finished, that people in art galleries would walk over and touch the canvas just to make sure it was not real.” said Professor Schmidt. “It sounds funny to us, now, but it was true. Of course, today, only an idiot would believe such a thing.”
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