The Empire of Light & The Exorcist / René Magritte, 1953 -54 / William Friedkin, 1973

René Magritte, The Empire of Light, 1953-54                                                           René Magritte, The Empire of Light, 1953-54
in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium                                                                                                               in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Exorcist, William Friedkin, 1973

René Magritte, The Empire of Light, 1953-54, MoMA


The Empire of Light (French: L'Empire des lumières) is a series of oil on canvas paintings by René Magritte painted between 1953 and 1954.
They depict the paradoxical image of a nighttime street, lit only by a single street light, beneath a daytime sky.
 The paintings inspired a scene in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist, which was used on the film's posters and home video releases,
in which the character Father Merrin stands in front of the MacNeil family's house.


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