In a career lasting almost half a century, Belgian Surrealist René Magritte (1898–1967) probed the distance between object, language and image. When the artist reached his 40s, he suddenly started making paintings that looked almost nothing like his earlier work. First adopting an Impressionist aesthetic, then shifting to incorporate popular imagery, the brash colors of Fauvism, and the gestural brushwork of Expressionism. Finally Magritte returned to his classic style as if nothing had happened. This catalogue looks at the art Magritte made during and after his stylistic crises of the 1940s, revealing his shifting attitudes toward painting.