TRAPPN#123: Paul Delvaux

by jssckr


“Delvaux … always maintained an intimate and privileged relationship to his childhood, which is the underlying motivation for his work and always manages to surface there. This ‘childhood,’ existing within him, led him to the poetic dimension in art.” – Marc Rombaut (via)

Belgian surrealist painter Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) was a creator of hybrid worlds. His dreamscapes reference both the past and present, juxtaposing symbols of industrialism next to classical iconography. There is an innocence here; while the sexualized female demi-Goddess figure appears in almost all of his works, one cannot help but feel like they too are affected by industrialization. They are slow-moving mechanized hypnotics in Delvaux’s serene and strange world.