Time Transfixed

Time Transfixed, 1939, Magritte, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Time Transfixed, 1939, Magritte, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée, 1938) is an oil on canvas painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. It is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and is usually on display in the museum's new Modern Wing.

The painting was one of many done for surrealist patron and Magritte supporter Edward James. This was the second painting delivered to James for his London ballroom. The first was the portrait of James, Not to be ReproducedTime Transfixed was purchased by the Art Institute from James in 1970 when he was raising capital to build his surrealist sculpture garden Las Pozas.

The painting depicts a "Black Five" locomotive jutting out of a fireplace, at full speed, in an empty room. Only the clock and left candlestick are reflected in the mirror on the mantle, suggesting that there are neither people nor furniture in the room. Notably, the candlestick on the right has no reflection.

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