2024 is a year to commemorate both the 30th anniversary of the death of Paul Del-vaux (1897-1994) and the 45th anniversary of the Paul Delvaux Foundation. And to celebrate these anniversaries right from the beginning of 2024, we will be present at BRAFA, and so join the year of surrealism to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mani-festo published by André Breton.
On its stand, the Foundation will be displaying a selection of masterpieces from its own collection. Together with works from a private collection on loan to the Musée Delvaux in St Idesbald, they will illustrate some of the artist’s career highlights.
You will discover themes dear to Paul Delvaux. The inescapable female figure in all its mysterious splendour as well as the railway world, which finds its most beautiful ex-pression in the magical Gare forestière (Forest Station).
In the 1920s and 1930s, he tried his hand at Impressionism and Expressionism, before finding his own style close to Symbolism and Surrealism. Delvaux succeeded in in-venting a world so personal and original that it is immediately recognisable. From the 1960s onwards, Delvaux enjoyed international renown (in Europe, Japan, the United States, etc.) and was considered one of the major Belgian artists of the second half of the 20th century, as demonstrated by his portrait painted by Andy Warhol in 1981. Warhol considered Paul Delvaux to be "one of the most famous painters in the world", and although he was modest by nature, Delvaux was always a little surprised by the interest he aroused...
Paul Delvaux developed a timeless body of work that eluded labels and ephemeral fashions. Rooted in an intriguing elsewhere, each work is nothing other than the visual embodiment of dreams from his intimate world. He has bequeathed his works to us in the hope of taking us on a journey to a universe where dreams and reality merge, in a timeless space sheltered from noise, like an invitation to escape.
By Camille Brasseur, Director of the Paul Delvaux Foundation
The lecture will trace the development of Paul Delvaux's work throughout his different periods and up to the emergence of his own style. It will be an opportunity to highlight the recurrence of themes dear to the artist and to establish links between the little-known early works and the masterpieces. This itinerary is an invitation to discover both the work and the man, since they are intrinsically linked.
Language of the talk: French
BRAFA seeks to foster your interest in art by offering a cycle of daily conferences, the BRAFA Art Talks, on the stand of the King Baudouin Foundation n° 137. Figures from the art world, exhibition and museum curators and art market experts share their knowledge and expertise in fascinating and varied fields. An opportunity to discover works, artists and eras and to further your knowledge about art and its market! Open access without reservation with your entrance ticket.