Paul Delvaux, a prominent Belgian surrealist, is celebrated for his dreamlike paintings that blend classical architecture with enigmatic figures. If you’re seeking original Paul Delvaux prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.

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Paul Delvaux was born in 1897 in Antheit, Belgium, into a family that nurtured his early interest in art. Initially studying architecture, he soon shifted focus to painting, enrolling at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Influenced by Flemish Expressionism and Post-Impressionism, Delvaux’s early works reflected a naturalistic approach, though he soon began exploring themes that hinted at the surrealist imagery that would define his mature style. His discovery of the works of Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte deeply impacted his artistic journey, leading him to infuse classical architecture with dreamlike scenes that evoke a sense of mystery and fantasy.

Delvaux's early paintings were characterised by detailed renderings of classical architecture, which provided the backdrop for his otherworldly scenes. His fascination with trains and railway stations also emerged early on, reflecting themes of journey and transition. His meticulous brushwork and dreamlike compositions set his work apart from other surrealists, adding a timeless quality to his art.

A critical moment in Delvaux’s career was his association with the Belgian surrealist group in the 1930s, which helped him fully embrace the surrealist movement. His works from this period, such as The Village Of The Mermaids and The Call Of The Night, exhibit his characteristic dreamlike atmosphere, combining mythological and fantastical elements.

During World War II, Delvaux continued to paint, creating some of his most poignant works that juxtaposed the innocence of his subjects with the harsh realities of the time. His post-war career saw him gain international recognition through exhibitions across Europe and America, solidifying his status as a key figure in Surrealism. Delvaux continued to paint well into his later years, focusing on themes of femininity, mythology, and fantasy.

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