Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Paul Delvaux
stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Estate and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps and numbered twice 'PO 5O.855' (on the overlap)
synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Painted in 1981.
The Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York
Galleria Cardi & Co., Milan
Monaco, Grimaldi Forum, SuperWarhol, July-August, 2003, pp. 428 and 531, no. 201a (illustrated in color).
New York, Sperone Westwater, A Triple Alliance: de Chirico, Picabia, Warhol, January-February 2004, pp. 92-93 (illustrated in color).

Lot Essay

Considered alongside Magritte as a leading exponent of the Belgian Surrealists, Delvaux himself did not really regard his art as Surreal. Although for a long time he associated with the Belgian group of Surrealists led by E.L.T. Mesens, he considered his art to be a renewed form of classicism that sought to evoke the poetry of everyday life rather than an art that strictly adhered to Surrealist principles.

In March of 1981, Warhol travelled to Brussels where he met Delvaux at the Maison Périer. Speaking of Delvaux after their meeting Warhol said of him, "I like his approach to life. He is a great artist, one of the most famous in the world. He has been lumped in with the surrealists. That is fine, but over and above that he is an exceptional painter" (Andy Warhol quoted in G. Carels and CH. Van Deun, Paul Delvaux, His Life, Saint-Idesbild, Belgium, 2004, p. 268).

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