oil on canvas
39.375 x 31.875 in. (100 x 81 cm.)
signed ‘Magritte’ (upper right); inscribed 'lieu commun"’ (on the reverse)
Ferrara, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Cento anni di pittura belga, February - April 1970, no. 94, n.p. (dated ‘1963’; with inverted dimensions). Mechelen, Cultureel Centrum, De menselijke figuur in de kunst, 1910-1960, September - November 1971, no. 82, n.p. (dated '1963'; with inverted dimensions).
The artist’s handlist, 1964. 'Magritte: Raconté par sa femme', in Paris Match, no. 1548, Paris, 26 January 1979, p. 55 (detail illustrated; titled 'Sans titre' and dated 'circa 1966'). D. Sylvester, ed., René Magritte, Catalogue raisonné, vol. III, Oil Paintings, Objects and Bronzes, 1949-1967, Antwerp, 1993, no. 994, p. 397 (illustrated). S. Gohr, Magritte: Attempting the Impossible, New York, 2009, fig. 386, p. 282 (illustrated).
Gustave J. Nellens, Knokke, by whom commissioned from the artist, in 1964. Fuji Museum, Tokyo. Private collection, Asia, by 1984. Private collection, Asia, by whom acquired from the above, in 2013.