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Mariën published the first monograph about Rene Magritte in 1943 and became the principal historian of the Belgian surrealist group, as well as an associate of the Situationists. In his own photographs, collages and assemblages, Mariën continued the surrealist tradition of making unexpected combinations of objects to reveal hidden or poetic meanings. In Star Dancer, the addition of a toy shoe creates a visual rhyme between a starfish and the leg of a dancer.

August 2012