"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 1920ís,
mostly consisted of pretty post-impressionist landscapes, but later more into
the late 20ís (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.)

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