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Paul Delvaux - The Astronomers (1961)
'THE POETRY is in the painting' is a saying that might be applied to the whole of Paul Delvaux's work. This Belgian master whose creative life spanned the century declared himself to be a poet in paint. His steady production passed through brief phases of Neo-Impressionism, Expressionism and Surrealism before he found his unique style and vision, which rejected all 'isms'. His peculiar interpretation of human existence was drawn from a deep and inexhaustible well of memories reaching back mostly to adolescence, childhood and infancy. He said: 'Youthful impressions, fixed once and for all in the mind, influence you all your life.'