description of Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values) by René Magritte
In meticulous detail, this oil painting depicts an ordinary bedroom that has extraordinary walls and contains disproportionally large household items. The room has wooden floors that are largely covered by two overlapping Persian rugs. There is a small wooden bed to our left, and a wooden wardrobe with mirrored doors to our right. The yellowing ceiling has deep crown molding, and is cracking in the corners. The walls of the room are either a bright blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds, or have been wallpapered to create that illusion. Standing on the bed, reaching almost to the ceiling, is a tortoiseshell pocket comb. A shaving brush that would barely fit in the bed rests on top of the wardrobe, and a giant wooden match and brown pill sit on the rugs. Between them, in the middle of the painting, is an aquamarine wineglass as big as the wardrobe.
- Artwork title
- Les valeurs personnelles (Personal Values)
- Artist name
- René Magritte
- Date created
- oil on canvas
- 31 1/2 in. x 39 3/8 in. (80.01 cm x 100.01 cm)
- Date acquired
- Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
- © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- Not on view at this time.