René Magritte illustrated this cover in 1924 for a composition by Toussaint Masson, Prière à mon ange (Prayer to my angel). The drawing is simple. A girl is seen kneeling on the rug before her bed. Her hands are folded in prayer. She has a calm face, a devoted attitude. She wears a simple night dress. Apart from the strangely dotted bed curtain, everything looks simple, almost naive. The use of a monotonous brown accentuates the piousness of the subject. Yet it is a compelling image.
The austere graphic above is quite in contrast with the fancy covers that Magritte created for other composers and publishers!
We wonder what Magritte would have created for the ‘Prière à mon Ange’ if he had already been in his surrealistic period. And if his publisher Schott Frères would have payed for an additional color and given him carte blanche. Something like this?