Enigma, so immediately onomatopoetic in association with Rene Magritte, he who made frequent appearances in his own works, mysteriously anonymous in bowler hat and tailored black coat. The precise images for which he’s known are as sharp-edged as the hard “g” in enigma, as in, “something or someone concealing a hidden or known thing under obscure words or forms.” After the war, his paintbrush shocked with color flurries as he sprung Sunlit Surrealism, and the outrage-inducing Vauch period, which open San Francisco MOMA’s big new show.

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