The Lovers, 1928. Painted by Rene Magritte

On 12 March 1912, Rene Magritte’s mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. This was not her first attempt at taking her own life; she had made many other attempts for a number of years, driving her husband Léopold to lock her into her bedroom. One day she escaped, and was missing for days. Her body was later discovered a mile or so down the nearby river. According to a legend, 13-year-old Magritte was present when her body was retrieved from the water. Supposedly, when his mother was found, her dress was covering her face, an image that has been suggested as the source of several of Magritte’s paintings. (Wikipedia)