Paul Delvaux, Brussels, 1944
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Paul Delvaux, Brussels, 1944 1944
Following time spent on the front-line, Miller remained in Europe to document the events after the War. Her accounts were published in British and American Vogue. In November 1944 she spent several days in Brussels, where she noted that she found her “favourite modern Belgian painters in good health”. This photograph shows surrealist artist Paul Delvaux standing behind his large canvas ‘La Ville Rouge’, [The Red Town], painted from 1943-4. Miller observed that “these last months of occupation and invasion urged him to paint prisoners and skeletons.”

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Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Surrealism

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  • Acc. No. GMA 4985
  • Medium Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • Size Paper size: 38.90 x 29.90 cm; image size: 26.50 x 25.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007