Paul Delvaux

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Paul Delvaux
23 September 1897 – 20 July 1994

Paul Delvaux’s career developed in the shadow of Nazi Germany. It should not come as a surprise then, that his work is known for a distinct sense of anxiety and unease. Surprisingly, that anxiety is not expressed in overtly political subjects. Delvaux was instead interested in exploring humanity and the hidden recesses of the subconscious.

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surrealism !
what is surrealism ?
in my opinion , it is above all a reawakening of the poetic idea in art
the reintroduction of the subject but in a very particular sense
that of the strange and illogical

He began his artistic training studying architecture in 1916, but soon shifted his focus to painting. While he initially found inspiration in European Expressionism, his mature style was inspired by an altogether different source: The Surrealists. Although he was not an official member of the Surrealists, he shared the group’s interest in plumbing the depths of the mind. Like his contemporaries Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte, Delvaux used bizarre subject matter rather than abstraction as a means of expressiveness. In so doing, he created uncomfortable scenes that were designed to emotionally shock the viewer.

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Harmony (1927)
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Girls by the Sea (1928)
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The Village of the Sirens (1942)
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The Musee Spitzner (1943)
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Skeletons in an Office (1944)
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A Naked Statue (1946)
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Loneliness (1956)
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The Garden (1971)
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The Tunnel (1978)
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Messaging (1980)

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