Paul Delvaux, La fenêtre, 1936, Museum of Ixelles Collection, copyright Paul Delvaux Foundation, St-Idesbald/Koksijde, Belgium,, photo Mixed Media

Until the 16th of January – Musee d’Ixelles

The exhibition Paul Delvaux. Starting Points presents a new approach to this famous Belgian surrealist by showing the origins of his work and the artists who influenced him. The visual world of Paul Delvaux, like all artists, was actually formed due to a variety of influences throughout his career. Being close to the Masters of the Academy and by developing various aesthetic affinities, Paul Delvaux took inspiration from these contacts to develop his own original style.

In the beginning, Delvaux practiced realism, not dissimilar to impressionism and post-impressionism. One is able to detect the influence of Belgian landscape artists such as Hippolyte Boulenger, Alfred Bastien and Jean Degreef. At the same time he painted religious themes reminiscent of the symbolism of Puvis de Chavannes. Briefly influenced by Renoir and Modigliani, his painting evolved towards an expressionism close to that of Ensor, Permeke and De Smet. It is during this period that the human figure took on a major significance, from this point on being omnipresent in his work. Finally, the discovery of de Chirico and Magritte became a revelation and from 1934 up until the remainder of his surrealist career, were greatly influencial in his work. The artist found celebrity with the reference to the classicism of Ingres still present in his unique work.

This exhibition of over a hundred pieces, weaves eloquent dialogues between Paul Delvaux and his peers, shedding light on the genesis of work from this beacon of Belgian art.

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