Paul Delvaux, Master of the dream

Nov 16, 2017 admin


The Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest Belgian artists of the Twentieth century.

Until 25 February 2018, Kunsthal Rotterdam exhibits in its halls almost ninety works of Paul Delvaux-including oils, sketches, watercolors, many from the private collection of Pierre and Nicole Ghêne-Rahm, kept in the Museum of Ixelles. 

Paul Delvaux (Antheit, 1897 – Furnes, 1994) was an artist known for his unique and mysterious visual language, in which elements of different art movements can be traced, including expressionism (such as James Ensor, Gustave De Smet and Constant Permeke in particular), symbolism, and contemporary artists such as de Chirico, Magritte or Modigliani. A master of surrealism, according to critics, though he has for the most part refused any label. Very beloved in his homeland (he won the State Prize), and abroad (he exhibited in New York and Paris), during the Nazi occupation disappeared from the artistic scene, refusing to exhibit his works.

An important corpus of works is presented at the gallery Kunsthal, where visitors get acquainted with the topics he was most concerned about: the female body, sometimes light and dreamlike, sometimes atrocious, the dream, the mystery, journeys, trains and, last but not least, loneliness.

The exhibition is accompanied by the short film Le Monde de Paul Delvaux (The World of Paul Delvaux), made by the Flemish filmmaker Henri Storck on the occasion of a Delvaux retrospective at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels in 1944/1945, where the work of the artist is interpreted through the verses of Paul Èluard and the notes by André Souris.

• De droom (The Dream), 1935 oil on canvas. Private collection, entrusted to the Museum of Ixelles

• De spoormannen (The Trackmen), 1922 oil on canvas. Private collection, entrusted to the Museum of Ixelles

• Dameskapper (The Ladies’ Hairdresser), 1933 oil on canvas

• De vrouw voor de spiegel (The Woman in Front of the Mirror), 1948 Indian ink and water colour on paper

Paul Delvaux. Meester van de droom,

November 1, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Kunsthal Rotterdam,

Museumpark Westzeedijk 341 3015 AA Rotterdam