What is a close approximation to the font used in René Magritte painting "The Treachery of Images"?

The Treachery of Images painting

I tried the standard tools like WhatTheFont!, but they did a poor job with OCR on every letter except the n.

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    It's painted and not a font. That's the handwriting of Magritte..... but @Ilan seems to have found something close.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 22:07
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    @Scott I do realize that it is a 100 year old painting, hence the wording of the question for a "close approximation". I was simply looking for something close to it and the standard tools failed.
    – Hooked
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 3:48
  • Ceci n'est pas une police :P
    – Jongware
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 9:11

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I looked for the same font, and finally found this one, that looks a lot like the one in the image. What caught my eye was the handling of 'p' and 's'. The capital 'c' is different. http://www.1001freefonts.com/parisienne.font image demonstrating parisienne font


The picture you provided is very old, thus it is difficult to know if any modern font can perfectly match the text in the image.

You can use something somewhat similar, i.e.

Pensle Bold Italic -

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LaTeX has a good French Cursive font for this (frcursive.sty) enter image description here

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