|La Durée poignardée (Time Transfixed)|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||147 cm× 98.7 cm(57.87 in× 38.86 in)|
|Location||Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago|
Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée) is a 1938 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 Modern Wing.It is currently available for viewing.
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 Reproduced . [ citation needed ]Time 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 an LMS Stanier 5MT Black 5 4-6-0 Locomotive jutting out of a fireplace, at full steam, in an empty room. Above the mantelpiece is a tall mirror. Only the clock and two candlesticks standing on the mantelpiece are reflected in the mirror.
The title of the painting translates to English literally as Ongoing Time Stabbed by a Dagger, and Magritte was reportedly unhappy with the generally accepted translation of Time Transfixed.Magritte hoped that James would hang the painting at the base of his staircase so that the train would "stab" guests on their way up to the ballroom. James instead chose to hang the painting above his own fireplace.
Magritte described his motivation for this painting:
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