Paul Delvaux: Secret Facets of Surrealism

Posted: 02/04/2021 by vequinox in Literature


download (7) Sleeping Venus (1944)

On the 23rd of September 1897, Belgian painter and printmaker Paul Delvaux was born in Antheit, Belgium. His original style and the mysterious, almost mystical, themes he employed in his art, place him outside ‘the box’ of any formal art movement. Between 1920 and 1924, Delvaux studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. His early work was close to Social Realism; in the late 1920s, he was strongly influenced by Flemish Expressionism. But in 1934 his interest shifted towards Surrealism, especially the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. However, he was never formally a member of the Surrealist movement, and was not in sympathy with its political aims. All of Delvaux’s personal friendships influenced him in one way or another. With James Ensor he shared a love of skeletons, and the work of Rene Magritte really cemented the idea of surrealist-realism in Delvaux’s art.

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