Thursday, April 28, 2011

nudes, femmes, surrealism, l'architecture, mystery / painting by Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvaux (23 September 1897 – 20 July 1994) was a Belgian painter, famous for his surrealist paintings with female nudes.

The paintings Delvaux became famous for usually feature numbers of nude women who stare as if hypnotized, gesturing mysteriously, sometimes reclining incongruously in a train station or wandering through classical buildings. Sometimes they are accompanied by skeletons, men in bowler hats, or puzzled scientists drawn from the stories of Jules Verne. Delvaux would repeat variations on these themes for the rest of his long life, although some departures can be noted. Among them are his paintings of 1945-1947, rendered in a flattened style with distorted and forced perspective effects, and the series of crucifixions and deposition scenes enacted by skeletons, painted in the 1950s.

My own preferences in Delvaux's paintings 're his special palette, ghostly limpid women, city landscapes with aloof buildings around and of course his amazing  unique "blue".

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