“Venus Asleep” Of Paul Delvaux Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) Venus Asleep 1. What Does the art work look like? describe it. This piece of art work in my opinion looks like a dream.
The art work has a certain disoriented charm. It has mainly all dark colors and uses these dark colors to contrast with the light skin pigment of the people in the painting.The painting has a calm erotic nude lady sleeping on a very formal looking couch or day bed. If the picture is read as this ladies dream then it appears as if she were dreaming of death or something of a cult like manner.
If it is indeed death she is dreaming of then she is symbolizing that death is very calm and relaxed, for her leg has gone limp as if she is very relaxed as death (the skeleton) is hovering over the foot end of her bed. In the background there are also people flying up in the sky and these people could symbolize the dead rising to a heaven or a god, or even angels attempting to help the dying on there way to a heaven or a god. It also seams as if the people in this dream are in a place of worship and they are all looking up to the skies and praying.
The structures around them are very temple like, for they have many statues and engravings about them. There is one lady in close and she is not praying and looks very formal. This lady is looking right at the skeleton which symbolizes death. This lady could symbolize a priest that is conversationalizing with her god or death itself, or this lady could also symbolize a non-believer that only examines the cult or religion and passes judgment.
Another major aspect of this painting is that it is all set at night, which only makes the viewer believe more that the painting is set in a dream state because most dreams occur at night when we are asleep.2. What subject matter does the artist work with? How is the subject matter represented: realistically, abstractly. Paul Delvaux uses a lot of different subject matters and here is a list of them: mythology, dreams, religion, bourgeois men, death, skeletons, large landscapes with ruins or city views and naked woman who wander expressionlessly. But in this painting he used a dream like atmosphere and a Greek cult like landscape to portray his message. Initially his first works, painted in the early 1920s, mostly consisted of pretty post-impressionist landscapes, but later more into the late 20s (around 1926-1927), Paul Delvaux evolved towards a more simplified style of Expressionism and Symbolism as these styles were seeping into his works.
In his own words Paul Delvaux explains “I wanted to find something else, but I did not know exactly what that could be.”. After this metamorphosis Paul Delvaux converted to Expressionism.From 1935 and onward Paul Delvaux mainly focused on surrealistic works of art.
This painting is represented in a surrealistic manner. His choice of subject-matter and his personal style attest to his own personality. 3. What kind of technique is used to produce the work? Include the type(s) of media that are used. Paul Delvaux uses many techniques, but for this painting Venus Asleep Paul Delvaux used very sharp edge images with a lot of dark shadows.He did this painting with oil on a (173 x 200cm) canvas. He conveys his work using political media from his time period and rearranging it to show his feelings of a subject or the reality of a situation.
Sometimes he uses unrelated media that he links together to make a point in his own way. 4. Where was the work produced? (GeoGraphic location) Paul Delvaux is known as a Belgian artist.Paul Delvaux initially studied architecture, but later studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Around 1934 Paul Delvaux withdrew from society, spending a month in the tiny southern Belgian village of Spy filling his many sketch books with lingering fantasies in his mind and childhood memories. From 1951 onwards Paul Delvaux most often worked in Sint-Idesbald (Koksijde). Except in 1952 Paul Delvaux designed murals for the casino of the Kursaal in Ostend and he also did work in a few other places as well. The painting (Venus Asleep) was created in Brussels in 1944.
5. When was the work done? (Dates of the artists life, working life, name of the art period in which the work was done, dates of that period.) Paul Delvaux was born on the 21st of March 1897 and he died on the 27th of July, in the year of 1994.His childhood and adolescent years were important sources of inspiration for his work, even though he wasnt to serious about his art at this time.
The works Paul Delvaux painted in the early 1920s, mostly consisted of pretty post-impressionist landscapes. Paul Delvaux evolved from a impressionist artist to a Expressionism and Symbolism artist around about 1926-1927. The church took offense at Paul Delvauxs paintings and had them removed from the Biennale in Venice in 1954. In 1962 a Delvaux exhibition was held in Ostend at the Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1979 when he was still alive the Paul Delvaux Foundation was founded. The painting I have included with my essay (Venus Asleep) was done in Brussels on 1944 during German flying bomb attacks on the city. This period in art history is referred to as modern art. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of this Belgian artist Paul Delvaux, The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hosted the first major retrospective exhibition of Paul Delvauxs work ever to be held in Belgium.
It was held on the 27th of October 1997.6. Was the art influenced by previous art movements? Paul Delvaux didnt really have many other art movements of his kind to influence him, because he was kind of adding on to an art movement that had just started. Although he was semi influenced by impressionism, expressionism and surrealism art movements.
His childhood and adolescents were very important influences in Paul Delvauxs work. In 1931-1932 Paul Delvaux discovered the Spitzer museum at the fair in Brussels, a pseudo scientific collection of preserved skeletons, fetuses and other macabre elements.The disgusting mystery of it influenced his paintings. A number of years later Paul Delvaux saw work by DeChirico, Dali and Mmagritte at the Minotaure exhibition in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Paul Delvaux took a liken to these artists works and shortly afterwards he developed his own personal style with a magical dimension loose from expressionism. “I was influenced by all those artists I admired, but they did not satisfy me completely,” Paul Delvaux once said. 7.
Did this art work influence other movements of art? Though surrealist influences are evident in the anachronistic, coldly erotic works of Paul Delvaux, he subject matter was entirely his own. I personally think that his works were and still are influencing the surrealistic artists to come after himself. 8.
What place in history does this work hold? – a major movement, a minor movement, an isolated movement? Paul Delvauxs work is a minor movement in art history even though his work has been reflected upon up to now. His work is to isolated to be a major movement and not isolated enough to be an isolated movement.If we were to group Paul Delvaux along with the other artists of his kind and time together, even though they are all a little different in there own way, they would have enough similarities to be grouped into a major movement category. A theory says that art does not exist alone, or in a vacuum – that it is influenced by events in the world. What was the world like when the art work was done? When the art works of Paul Delvaux were created the world was either beginning a war, going to war, finishing war or after war. A very little amount of his surrealists works were not war related in some way.
On top of these circumstances the work that he enjoyed doing was frowned upon by the church and by society to a great extent.Paul Delvaux was not always accepted by the public. 9. Is any particular social group represented in the art work? Paul Delvaux …