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Delvaux Paul

Paul Delvaux was a Belgian artist who was born in 1897 in Antheit and who died in 1994 in Veurne. He was a painter, graphic artist and draftsman. Education in architecture at the Academy in Brussels, painting in the studio of C. Montald (1916-1920). Exhibited for the first time in group at Le Sillon in 1924. He worked for a long time in Bosvoorde. His first canvases were in an expressionistic design, related to Permeke. Discovered the Spitzner Museum at the Brussels fairground around 1932, and this horror is said to have left a deep impression on him. Approx. From 1932 to 1933 his style underwent a decisive turnaround: young women moving at times in urban perspectives with classical temples, at other times in rural settings. Skeletons and trains were also among his favorite subjects. Built a world of poetry, dream and silence. Gradually became cataloged as a surrealist and, next to R. Magritte and E.L.T. Mesens, as one of the most important representatives of this tendency. He himself always spoke emphatically against being a surrealist, a painter of the dream. Explained his work as follows: 'Although every part of the painting is realistic and contains explicit elements from reality (a woman is a woman, a house is a house), the whole is not realistic: the aim is for the extraordinary. The natural elements are depicted in real terms, but they are processed in such a way that the unrealistic latent expression is expressed.' Became a teacher at the Chamber of Commerce in Brussels in 1959. He executed murals in the Casino in Ostend in 1952, in the house of G. Périer in Brussels in 1954, in the Zoological Institute in Liège in 1959. Received the State Prize in 1964 for his joint oeuvre. Paul Delvaux Museum in Sint-Idesbald/Koksijde. Mentioned in the Lexicon of West Flemish visual artists III, BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian painters. (piron)