Details & Cataloguing

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Paul Delvaux
1897 - 1994
signed P. Delvaux and dated 1966 (lower right)
watercolour, wash, pencil and pen and ink on paper
50.3 by 62.8cm., 19 5/8 by 24 1/2 in.
Executed in 1966.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Paul Delvaux Foundation.


Ruth Ben-David Collection, Brussels (acquired by 1966)
Acquired by the present owner in 2014


Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Paul Delvaux, 1967, no. 104
Liège, Musée Saint-Georges & Brussels, Musée des Beaux Arts, Hommage à Paul Delvaux, 1977, no. 85, detail illustrated in the catalogue
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (& travelling within Japan), Paul Delvaux, 1987-88, no. 43, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1966, Etude pour Filles au bord de l'eau features several key motifs which had become core elements of Delvaux's Surrealistic language by this stage of his career, including the incorporation of mirrors into the composition and the presence of both clothed and nude female figures. The juxtaposition of an interior with the external world, one of Delvaux's most significant recurring concepts, imbues the scene with a curiously dream-like quality. The present work is a study for the celebrated oil Filles au bord de l'eau, which is being offered as part of Sotheby's Surrealist Art Evening Sale on 1st March 2017.

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