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June 14, 2012


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I have been traveling for a solid two months-so to tell you all what a supreme pleasure it is to sit at MY desk and not on a laptop to write this blog, is just fantastic!

You all know that I am beyond in love with Surrealism and abstract expressionism.  


To understand surrealism, a breif idea is this:

The Surrealist movement was founded in Paris by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power

of the imagination.

Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced bySigmund Freud, the Surrealists believed the conscious mind repressed the power of the

imagination, weighting it

down with taboos. Influenced also by Karl Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. Their emphasis on the

power of the imagination puts them in the tradition of Romanticism, but unlike their forbears, they believed that revelations could be found on the street and in everyday life. The Surrealist

impulse to tap the subconscious mind, and their interests in myth and primitivism, went on to shape theAbstract Expressionists, and they remain influential today.


Paul Delvaux was a Belgian painter and printmaker. He was, with René Magritte, one of the major exponents of SURREALISM in Belgium. He began his training 

in 1920 at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels,

initially as an architect, but he soon changed to decorative painting, and he completed his studies in 1924. In his earliest works,  he was strongly influenced by the Flemish Expressionism of

painters such as Constant Permeke and Gustav De Smet. In the mid-1930s, however, he turned decisively to Surrealism, not as an orthodox member of the movement but to a large extent under

the influence of Giorgio De Chirico’s Pittura Metafisica, which he had first seen c. 1926. 

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