Size: 17.25 x 25 inches
This poster was produced in the 1970s to promote an exhibition of Rene Magritte, Paul Delvaux, and Domenico Gnoli's works from Charles Spaak's collection. Spaak (1903-1990) was a Belgian novelist and playwright who became an avid collector of Magritte, Delvaux and later Gnoli. The show was on display at the Maison de la culture de Bourges (the Palace of Culture in Bourges) from June 17 to October 8, 1972.
The exhibition was named "Le Choix d'un amateur," which translates to "The Amateur's Choice." This was in reference to how Spaak's began collecting art: In 1933 Brussels, the gallery which had previously held Magritte's contract went bankrupt, and the liquidator offered the fund to Claude Spaak. The artist, poor and hungry, was considering giving up on his painting career but Spaak unites twelve family members and friends to write up a new contract. Of every twelve canvases produced, Spaak would receive only one; but what mattered most to him was that Magritte continued to produce artwork. And that is the unlikely beginning of Spaak's foray into art collecting!