Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Delvaux, Paul

oil on canvas
150 x 240 cm
Fondation Paul Delvau

Paul Delvaux (1897 - 1994)  was born in Antheit, Belgium. At the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels he studied architecture and decorative painting. He was associated with Surrealism art movement, although he never officially joined.

His paintings are primarily nostalgic scenes in which women often appear in the nude. The painstakingly detailed nature of his works manages to convey an unreality, a world of his own imagination. His combination of photographic realism with unusual juxtapositions and a sense of mystery, places him in the same surrealistic category as Rene Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico.
He is considered an important contributor to modern art of the mid 20th century.