Happy 125th anniversary, René Magritte!

Started by Jim Easterbrook, November 21, 2023, 06:21:20 PM

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Jim Easterbrook

Today, 21st November 2023, is the 125th anniversary of the birth of René Magritte, the Belgian surrealist painter. To celebrate I've opened the bottle of Duvel "magritte" special edition beer I bought in Belgium this summer.


Duvel "magritte" beer by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr


Duvel "Magritte" beer by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr
Jim Easterbrook
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joe cassidy

Did you know the saxophone was invented by a Belgian ?

His name was Mr. Sax.

Ali Smith


Jim Easterbrook

Quote from: joe cassidy on November 21, 2023, 08:18:27 PMDid you know the saxophone was invented by a Belgian ?

His name was Mr. Sax.

Quote from: Ali Smith on November 22, 2023, 10:11:34 AMFirst name Adolphe, I believe.

Yup. He was from Dinant where they have a bronze statue of him on a bench so visiting tourists can be photographed sitting next to him. (No I don't have such a photograph.)

Other famous Belgians include Egide Walschaerts.

Other eponymous instruments include the sousaphone, theremin, and ondes Martenot.
Jim Easterbrook
"I'm an engineer, not an artist!"
"Amoro, emptio, utiliso!"
Personal website. / Photos on Flickr. / Blog.

Ali Smith

More famous Belgians:

Alfred Belpaire (as in firebox)
Plastic Bertrand
Georges Simenon

and most famous of all Hercule Poirot. Unfortunately, being not only imaginary but the imagining of an Englishwoman, he doesn't really count.

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