We know the importance granted to the words by Magritte in his paintings and we know the impact that literary works such as Poe's, Rex Stout's or Mallarmé's had on him.

Obviously the writing occupied an essential place in the magrittian universe and the painter was surrounded by a number of writers.

Among these the poets of the Brussels surrealist group were no doubt the most important ones.
Created in 1924 the group was then made up of three poets, Paul Nougé, Camille Goemans and Marcel Lecomte, and asserted itself through a radical and more subtle criticism of cubists avant-gardists, constructivists or dadaists, whom Magritte represented among others in Belgium.

To the formalism and esthetics researches of the time, which they considered inoffensive the Brussels surrealists opposed a fierce will to recreate the world on a new basis; this revolution, according to them, had to be carried by an infaillible attention to the real world, for this very world was to be subverted and disrupted drastically. Thus the importance of rerouting daily messages (adverts, grammar, playcards) which they trapped from inside whithout modifying their appearances.