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Dimensions:
234 × 156 mm
136 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9780948462399
Illustrations:
62 illustrations
Published:
01 Nov 1992
Series:
Essays in Art and Culture
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Paul Delvaux Surrealizing the Nude David Scott

Although Paul Delvaux (born 1897) is an artist of international standing, his work is relatively little known in the Anglo-Saxon world. This book, the first on the artist written in English, places Delvaux's work in the tradition of European figurative painting, as well as in the more immediate context of twentieth-century Surrealism, exploring the relationship between them as they came together in the artist's works from the 1930s. David Scott identifies Delvaux's most characteristic contribution to twentieth-century art as that of problematizing academic history painting by surrealizing it. He concentrates on recurrent themes in Delvaux's art, notably his continuing, indeed unremitting, focus on the nude, and on the question of the 'legibility' of the works, given the contradictory pictorial codes - academic and Surrealist - that Delvaux adopts in them.

David Scott is Associate Professor of French at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the editor of the Garnier-Flammarion edition of Baudelaire's Le Spleen de Paris.