Paul Delvaux was born in Antheit, near Huys, Belgium on September 23, 1897. He studied architecture from 1916 to 1917, then painting under Constant Montald and Jean Delville from 1919 to 1920 and at the Academie des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. He served in the Belgian Army from 1920 to 1921, then in 1924 he established a studio in Brussels. He visited Paris in 1926; and traveled in Italy from 1938 to 1939.
Until he was nearly forty, Delvaux painted heavy landscapes that rarely showed a human being. His style was a Flemish variation of the German and Scandinavian expressionism. Then in 1936 he discovered the surrealist work of de Chirico and Magritte. Delva
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