Proposition Diurne (La femme au miroir)

1937
Paul Delvaux (Belgian, 1897–1994)


Dimensions

105.4 x 130.2 cm (41 1/2 x 51 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2003.32

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Delvaux and René Magritte (1898-1967) were the major Belgian exponents of Surrealism. Dating from the period when Delvaux arrived at his signature style, the hallucinatory quality of this scene is enhanced by his precise, almost hyper-realist, technique. Here, as if in a dream, an idealized nude woman examines a mirror that does not reflect her face, but remains as empty as her expression.

Provenance

Edouard Léon Théodore Mesens (b. 1903 - d. 1971), Brussels. By 1938, Claude Spaak (b. 1904 - d. 1990), Saint Cloud, France. By 1965, Frank M. Purnell (b. 1930 - d. 1994) and Melvin N. Blake (b. 1927 - d. 1999), New York; 2003, gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 2003)

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection

Copyright

© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels