PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

Paul Delvaux

The Secret of Women
Paul Delvaux, an outsider who began developing his surrealist compositions of female dream figures after 1930, is one of those artists who spent his life researching one theme, producing some of the most captivating motifs ever. His paintings show a type of young, fairylike woman with long blonde hair and dark eyes.
The figures seem like statues in images whose perspective runs very deep into the space. Much has been written about the eroticism of these mostly unclothed creatures, about their relationship to psychoanalysis, Christianity, and male sexuality. Delvaux assigned his women not only their own visual space, influenced by de Chirico and Magritte, but also mirrors, skulls, and locomotives, for instance, as allegories.

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"Paul Delvaux"

October 2006

ISBN 978-3-86678-031-6

17,50 x 24,50 cm

112 Pages

69 colored and 13 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Thomas Kellein,
Kunsthalle Bielefeld
The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “The Secret of Women. Paul Delvaux and Surrealism “, 2006/2007, Kunsthalle Bielefeld.