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Paul Delvaux



Paul Delvaux


(b Antheit, nr Huy, 23 Sept 1897; d Veurne, 20 July 1994).

Belgian painter and printmaker. He was, with René Magritte, one of the major exponents of SURREALISM in Belgium. He began his training in 1920 at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, initially as an architect, but he soon changed to decorative painting, and he completed his studies in 1924. In his earliest works, such as Seascape (1923; Ostend, Mus. S. Kst.) and The Couple (1929; Brussels, Mus. A. Mod.), he was strongly influenced by the Flemish Expressionism of painters such as Constant Permeke and Gustav De Smet. In the mid-1930s, however, he turned decisively to Surrealism, not as an orthodox member of the movement but to a large extent under the influence of Giorgio De Chirico’s Pittura Metafisica, which he had first seen c. 1926. Among his first characteristic works in this vein are Pink Bows (1937) and Phases of the Moon (1939; New York, MOMA), in both of which he incorporated the somnambulant figures that were to become his trademark.





La escalera


El hombre de la calle


The sleeping Venus


Nymphs Bathing


At the Door


The Iron Age






Los Astronomos


Elogio de la melancolia


Mujeres de vida galante


Las cortesanas


The Public Voice


Woman in a Cave


La ville inquiete


Les promeneuses


El enigma


The Break of Day


Amanecer en la ciudad


Final del viaje




Nocturnal Garden
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