An "art world jigsaw puzzle" involving one of the 20th Century's best-known painters is close to completion after a discovery in Norwich.
Experts have uncovered a third quarter of a missing René Magritte painting concealed under another of his works in the Norwich Castle Museum collection.
Sections of La Pose Enchantée have also been found in New York and Stockholm.
Museum curator Dr Giorgia Bottinelli said the third quarter had been "hiding for more than 80 years".
In what has been declared a "hugely exciting discovery", it has now been revealed Magritte painted La Condition Humaine over the lower right-hand section of the missing work in 1935.
La Pose Enchantée was exhibited in 1927 but was later returned to Magritte before vanishing about five years later. The Belgian surrealist, who died in 1967, never mentioned its fate.
"What happened to the missing painting is now slowly coming to light in a remarkable series of events," said Dr Bottinelli, the museum's curator of historic art.
"It seems that for some reason, Magritte must have decided to cut the painting into quarters, and then painted four completely different paintings over the top."
Rene Magritte (1898-1967)
Rene Magritte was born in Lessines, Belgium
He started off as a commercial artist before becoming famous for his surrealist work
His paintings have inspired pop and conceptual art, the cover of a Rolling Stones record, a video by Oasis, and a song by Paul Simon
Magritte wore a trademark bowler hat and lived in a Brussels suburb
He did not have a studio but painted in his lounge
A Magritte sold for $11.5m (about £8.6m) in New York in 2002
A museum dedicated to his work opened in Brussels in 2009
Art conservator Alice Tavares da Silva was preparing La Condition Humaine for a major Magritte retrospective in Paris later this month when she discovered the edges and reverse of the canvas had some exposed paint.
She noted it as unusual, then found experts at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) had discovered the first piece in 2013 underneath a painting called The Portrait, also from 1935, after it was analysed.
The Red Model, painted the same year, in Stockholm's Moderna Museet was also found to be masking a part.
The Hamilton-Kerr Institute at Cambridge University used an X-ray fluorescence technique to confirm Ms Tavares da Silva's hunch.
La Pose Enchantée's existence was only known because of a single black and white photo, but the Norwich discovery will add to MoMA's existing colour reconstruction.
Once upon a time ... Magritte Duane Michals, René Magritte, 1967
René Magritte is world famous for his strange and poetic images. He was born on 21 November 1898 in Lessines, (Hainaut) Belgium. When Magritte is 12 years old, he attends drawing classes above a sweet shop! At 18, because the art of painting seems somehow 'magical', he decides to make this his career and he enrols at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels. Georgette and René Magritte, 1922
At 15, Magritte meets Georgette at a fair. A few years later, they meet again and marry. She becomes his favourite model and she lets him stage the scenes where he paints her in all sorts of outfits and in some surprising poses and places. A great complicity unites them throughout their lives!
The man who became a painter René Magritte, Woman on Horseback, 1922, RMFAB
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