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Paul Delvaux

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by florinorfolk

secretwomen9-2006
The Secret of Women
paul-delvaux-1976_robe_de_mariee
Robe de Mariee

Paul Delvaux (September 23, 1897 – July 20, 1994) was a Belgian painter, famous for his surrealist paintings with female nudes.

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, accompanied by skeletons or puzzled scientists. 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.

In the late 1950s he produced a number of night scenes in which trains are observed by a little girl seen from behind. These compositions contain nothing overtly surrealistic, yet the clarity of moonlit detail is hallucinatory in effect. Trains had always been a subject of special interest to Delvaux, who never forgot the wonder he felt as a small child at the sight of the first electric trams in Brussels.

In 1959 he executed a mural at the Palais du Congrès in Brussels, one of several large scale decorative commissions Delvaux undertook. He was named director of the Académie royal des Beaux-arts of Belgium in 1965. In 1982 the Paul Delvaux Museum opened in Saint-Idesbald.
Delvaux died in Veurne in 1994.

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The Conversation

venus
Sleeping Venus

call-of-the-night
Call of the Night

Chaim Soutine

Posted in Chaim Soutine, Expressionism, landscape, portrait with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2008 by florinorfolk

Chaïm Soutine (1893 – August 9, 1943) was a Jewish expressionist painter from Belarus.

Ceret landscape (Southern France)

little girl with doll

landscape

landscape in Southern France

landscape at Cagnes

Amadeo Modigliani

Posted in Expressionism, Modigliani, portrait with tags , , on July 17, 2008 by florinorfolk

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (July 12, 1884 – January 24, 1920) was an Italian artist, practicing both painting and sculpture, who pursued his career for the most part in France. Modigliani was born in Livorno (historically referred to in English as Leghorn), in Northwestern Italy and began his artistic studies in Italy before moving to Paris in 1906. Influenced by the artists in his circle of friends and associates, by a range of genres and art movements, and by primitive art, Modigliani’s œuvre was nonetheless unique and idiosyncratic. He died in Paris of tubercular meningitis — exacerbated by poverty, overworking, and an excessive use of alcohol and narcotics— at the age of 35.

red nude, 1917

Self portrait, 1919

head, 1911