IN THE LATE 1950S, HE TURNED TEMPORARILY FROM PAINTING NUDES TO PRODUCING A NUMBER OF NIGHT SCENES IN WHICH TRAINS ARE OBSERVED BY A LITTLE GIRL IN A DRESS, VIEWED FROM BEHIND. THESE COMPOSITIONS CONTAINED NOTHING OVERTLY SURREALISTIC, YET THE UNNATURAL CLARITY OF MOONLIT DETAIL IS HALLUCINATORY IN EFFECT. HERE IN THIS STUNNING OFFSET LITHOGRAPH OF NUIT DE NOEL PAUL DELVAUS HAS CREATED A SENSE OF SURREAL BEAUTY AND MELANCHOLY THAT IS UNIQUE TO HIS OEUVRE
PAUL DELVAUX (1897-1994) SIGNED OFFSET LITHOGRAPH, “P. Delvaux”, signed on the reverse in blue ink, on an offset lithograph after his 1956 painting Nuit de Noel, 6 x 4.5, museum-quality matting and framed in silver/gold to an overall size of 9.5 x 8, by the Belgian painter noted for his dream-like scenes of women, classical architecture, trains and train stations, and skeletons, often in combination. He is often considered a surrealist, although he only briefly identified with the Surrealist movement. Trains play a prominent, recurring role in Delvaus’s surrealist imagery: He explored the train as both subject and symbol in his work. This wonderful offset lithograph is in fine condition, and is museum-quality matted and framed, ready for display.