L’assassin menacé (The Menaced Assassin)1927 by René Magritte

...This work, along with The Secret Player, were the two largest paintings Magritte had completed to date, leading some scholars to speculate that they are pendants. The subject is a crime scene: a female corpse with blood around the mouth lies on a red chaise lounge in a room while a man listens to a phonograph. Two bowler-hatted men, one with a cudgel and the other with a net, flank the doorway to the room while three men appear outside a window and peer over a balcony railing....

Magritte had a hankering for crime, and he even had a favorite (fictional) murderer. Almost a century before Michael C. Hall became Dexter, Fantômas was the original pop culture serial killer who was a star in both print and on the big screen. Magritte adapted a scene from the 1913 Fantômas flick...
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Media: oil on canvas
Dimensions (h/w/d): 59 77 (150 195)
Location: Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) , New York