Monday, December 7, 2015

Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) was a Belgian painter who settled on a 1920-vintage style by the 1930s and kept at it for the rest of his long career with few changes in subject matter. Biographical information is here.

His strongest influence seems to have been Giorgio de Chirico, and therefore his works have been variously classed as Magic Realism, Metaphysical Art or Surrealism ... the terms can overlap.

As can be seen below, Delvaux usually included women, often unclothed, in his paintings. Men, if they appeared, were normally fully dressed. Settings were often at dusk or night, usually in towns or cities. Generally his subjects are static, no action shown and little implied. People and other subjects are slightly simplified and distorted. In sum, what the viewer sees is clearly not quite real.


La joie de vivre - Joy of Life - 1937

La rue du tramway - Street of Trams - 1938-39

Phases of the Moon - 1939

Loneliness - 1956

Toutes les lumieres - All the Lights - 1962

Petitie place de gare - Small Square Train Station - 1963

Les ombres - Shadows - 1965

The Retreat - 1973

Robe de mariƩes - Wedding Dress - 1976

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