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The Professor and the Moon

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Les phases de la lune III

Paul Delvaux (in 1942)

Two educated men are standing on a square between two scientific institutes: left, a planetarium and right an observatory. The scene is lit by moonlight and breaths a cold atmosphere. The men and women walk up and down the steep stairway to the planetarium like marionettes. The barren landscape, with discarded heavy machinery, contributes to the atmosphere. The educated men are viewed by Paul Delvaux, who portrayed himself on the right as a passer-by.


Title Les phases de la lune III
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Height : 155 cm
Width : 175 cm
Makers Artist: Paul Delvaux
Accession number St 132
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1973
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 07-1973
Age maker About 45 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Collectie - surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions De Melancholieke Metropool: stadsbeelden tussen magie en realisme, 1925-1950 (2013)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

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Paul Delvaux

Antheit 1897 - Veurne 1994

Paul Delvaux studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. His first paintings were strongly influenced by the Flemish expressionism of Gustave de Smet and C..