Rene Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, on November, 21 in 1898. He was a son of Leopold Magritte, a dressmaker and textile merchant, and Regina Magritte, a milliner.
Rene had two younger brothers, Raymond and Paul.
When Magritte was fourteen-year-old boy, he lost her mother who committed a self-destruction by drowning in the River Sambre. After, Rene and his two brothers were brought up by a gouvernante Jeanne Verdeyen who became Leopold Magritte’s wife in 1928.
In the childhood, Rene was fascinated by the cinema – movies’ posters and adverts, as well as by the photography. His favourite personage was Fantomas. Rene’s father gifted a son a photo camera and Rene created small colour movies with it. The young boy was also interested in literature – he read such authors as Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Maurice Leblanc and Gaston Leroux.