Artist biography

Paul Delvaux born 1897 [- 1994]

Belgian Surrealist painter, born at Antheit near Huy. Attended the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, studying first architecture then painting for three years under Constant Montald. Early paintings influenced by the Expressionists Permeke and de Smet. First one-man exhibition with Robert Giron at the Galerie Breckpot, Brussels, 1925. Discovered Surrealism through the work of de Chirico and Magritte, and turned to painting female nudes in architectural settings. Visited Italy in 1938 and 1939 and was impressed by the architecture of ancient Rome. Did not exhibit during the Occupation; a large exhibition of his work was held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, in December 1944. Taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art et d'Architecture, Brussels, 1950-62. Executed mural paintings for a room in the house of Gilbert Périer in Brussels 1954. Lives at Boitsfort, near Brussels.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.164