"Time transfixed" by René Magritte is an oil painting on canvas from 1938, a surrealist painting, therefore, part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This painting on canvas was one of many made by Magritte for a regular client of surrealism, Edward James. It was the second painting to be done for his London ballroom. The first being the portrait of James, "The Forbidden reproduction" also Magritte. "The duration stabbed" has been acquired by the Institute of Arts in 1970, while James was a capital raising to build its surreal garden, Las Pozas.
The painting depicts a locomotive 4-6-0 LMS gushing full steam of a home fireplace in an empty room. Above the fireplace is a large mirror, where only reflects the clock and a candle, suggesting that the room is empty. Which is reminiscent of "The reproduction prohibited", cited above, the previous Magritte painting for James, in which the mirror reflects only the normal way and back book of James (quite unusually) without reflecting the piece itself.
From the perspective of Magritte was unsatisfactory and he would have preferred the literal translation of "Ongoing time stabbed by a dagger." It would have also liked Edward James Place the cloth down her stairs to the train "stabs" guests who come up to the ballroom. But it was nothing James has chosen to place it above its own fireplace. Like what, when you can afford it do what we want, even when the artist does not agree ...
Magritte describes what motivated him to paint this picture:
"I decided to paint the picture of a locomotive ... and that its mystery is complete, I decided to paint immediately with another image without mystery that one - the image of a room with fireplace eat - and the joindres. "