This work was commissioned by Harry Torczyner in the summer of 1963 and delivered to him in August 1964. He had asked Magritte to do a self-portrait in the spirit of self-portraits by two Flemish painters, Rubens and Ensor, in which the artists wear hats. The title of this work was found by Iréne Hamoir, a Belgian poet and an important member of the Belgian surrealist movement.
Every figurine is painted by hand and all are delivered with a picture of the original work and a biography of the artist.
This workshop was originally specialized in restoration of religious paintings and sculptures. After the delicate work of restoring Artworks, these craftsmen with their unique skills decided to go further, still bringing life to paintings but this time by lifting images out of the flat surface. With the greatest respect for the original work, they make accessible and affordable the most beautiful works in the History of Art. Plus the originality of a three dimensions adaptation.