Dreams of Desire 38 (Night Train)

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Paul Delvaux-Night Train 1947
Paul Delvaux the obsessive painter of nudes was briefly associated with the Surrealist movement in the mid 1930’s and the dream-world presented in his canvases shows the influence of De Chirico (the originator of so many Surrealist careers) and his fellow Belgian Rene Magritte in the use of a dry academic painterly style and bizarre juxtapositions. However his vision of a silent Belle Epoque city frozen in time and filled with statuesque nudes reclining or walking down colonnaded streets past skeletons or bowler hatted men is uniquely his own and produces a vague sensation of unease and anxiety.

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27 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 38 (Night Train)

  1. I love this painting Mr. Cake, it’s fascinating and odd. The mirror image is off and I can tell exactly why. I like that the train in ready to make an entrance, which would be spectacular. The more I look at the painting the more unsettling it becomes, yet I find myself smiling. So much detail, and the women look frozen in time. Wonderful painting by Paul Delvaux, and a lovely post by you, thank you. ~ Miss Cranes

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    1. Thank you Miss Cranes, I agree about the still, frozen quality in this painting. Delvaux loved trains and they feature regularly in his work. His world is unique, expect at least two more posts regarding Delvaux. So much to write.

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  2. Love this one, too. I have a thing for trains, and for hotels, but I’m not certain they are in one. Love the reflection and that she’s cupping her breasts (although, I’m not sure why).

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