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l'Oiseau de ciel (Sky bird)

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Color lithograph after the painting by René Magritte from an edition of 275 ex.

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Edited in 2010 by Philippe Moreno

Countersigned by Mr. Charly Herscovici, Chairman of the Magritte Foundation, René Magritte's Estate

Blindstamps of the Magritte Foundation & ADAGP

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Commissioned by Gilbert Périer, President of Sabena World Airlines & art collector in 1965, Magritte completed the painting in 1966. The first recorded mention of the painting's role as a Sabena emblem is found in a letter to Harry Torczyner in which Magritte says: "Thanks to the effort of Mr. Périer, my "sky bird" will also appear on Sabena's planes. This image has been the subject of a contract which is going to make my life a bit more comfortable."

Soon, the bird will be displayed on timetables, brochures posters, leaflets etc.


The Sabena will replace the sky bird in 1973 by a new emblem.

Sabena timetable Magritte                    Sabena timetable Magritte



Original artwork provenance: Private collection


All images: © 2012 C. Herscovici, Brussels / ADAGP, Paris

Additional Information

Dimensions 60 x 40 cm
Paper Rives
Year 1965
Edition 2010

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