Empire of Light, 1950 by Rene Magritte
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The title of the painting - Empire of Light - is taken from a poem by Paul Nouge. It is the only time that Magritte used a title that was not his own.
The Empire of Lights is one of Magritte's most famous pieces. It became so popular that he made several versions, all of which possessed the same concept - day harmoniously blending into night. Some have made their way into private collections, and others are available for viewing in museums.
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 either, it is unknowable. ”
- Rene Magritte