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Paul Delvaux - Graphic work - 1976

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Art (general), Erotica - Quantity: 1 - With dust jacket

Object: Book (More lots)
Number of Books: 1
Subject: Art, Erotica
Author/ Illustrator: Paul Delvaux
Book Title: Graphic work
Condition: Good
Publication year oldest item: 1976
Edition: 1st Edition Thus
Language: English
Publisher: Rizzoli
Binding/ Material: Hardback
Extras: Dust jacket

Original English edition of Paul Delvaux' graphic work by André Sauret (Paris) for Rizzoli (New York). The original lithographs, frontispiece and dust-cover were run off on the press of Fernand Mourlot in Paris - 163 pages & table - 33 x 25 cm.

A reference book fully illustrated with black and white composition and lithographs in colour.

Good to very good overall condition, with printed dust jacket, all defects are minor.


¶ Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) was a Belgian painter famous for his paintings of female nudes. He was influenced by the works of Giorgio de Chirico, and was also briefly associated with surrealism.

Delvaux's paintings of the late 1920s and early 1930s, which feature nudes in landscapes, are strongly influenced by such Flemish Expressionists as Constant Permeke and Gustave De Smet. A change of style around 1933 reflects the influence of the metaphysical art of Giorgio de Chirico, which he had first encountered in 1926 or 1927. In the early 1930s Delvaux found further inspiration in visits to the Brussels Fair, where the Spitzner Museum, a museum of medical curiosities, maintained a booth in which skeletons and a mechanical Venus figure were displayed in a window with red velvet curtains. This spectacle captivated Delvaux, supplying him with motifs that would appear throughout his subsequent work. In the mid-1930s he also began to adopt some of the motifs of his fellow Belgian René Magritte, as well as that painter's deadpan style in rendering the most unexpected juxtapositions of otherwise ordinary objects.

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 1945-47, 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.

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