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Small Train Station at Night

Paul Delvaux (Belgian, 1897–1994)

Date:
1959
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
55 1/4 x 67 in. (140.3 x 170.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.456.9
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed L.R.: P. DELVAUX/3-59

    Inscription: Inscribed, in black block letters by artist, on upper stretcher: Exposition Steampfli (sic) New York - Paul Delvaux - Petite Gare la Nuit

  • Provenance

    [Staempfli Gallery, New York (on consignment from the artist, October 1959 - sold to Pierre Matisse, November 1959)]; Pierre Matisse, New York (purchased from Staempfli, November 1959, stock no. 4046 - his d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989 - her d. 2001); Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA).

  • Exhibition History

    "Paul Delvaux," Staempfli Gallery, New York, October 20-November 7, 1959, exh. cat. with preface by Robert Giron, and introduction by Em[ile] Langui, no. 25, ill. n.p.;

    "Peintres de l'imaginaire: Symbolistes et Surréalistes belges," Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, February 4-April 8, 1972, exh. cat. with preface by Michel Hoog, and essays by Philippe Roberts-Jones, Francine-Claire Legrand, André Balthazar, Jacques-Grégoire Watelet, and excerpts from various Symbolist and Surrealist authors, no. 99, ill. p. 138;

    "Paul Delvaux," Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, April 13-June 17, 1973, organized by Renilde Hammacher-van den Brande, exh. cat. with introduction by J. C. Ebbinge Wubben, essay by Em[ile] Langui, interview with Delvaux by Renilde Hammacher, poems by Paul Eluard, no. 55, pp. 148-49, ill.;

    "Paul Delvaux," Casino, Knokke-Heist, June 23-September 2, 1973, exh. cat. (venue of Rotterdam 1973) with introduction by J. C. Ebbinge Wubben, essay by Em[ile] Langui, interview with Delvaux by Renilde Hammacher, poems by Paul Eluard, no. 44, ill., p. 146, ill.;

    "Paul Delvaux, 1897-1994," Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique / Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, March 21-June 27, 1997, exh. cat. with essays by Eliane De Wilde, Claude Levi-Strauss, Charles Van Deun, Gisèle Ollinger-Zinque, Frederik Leen, Laurent Busine, Philippe Roberts-Jones, Pieter De Reuse, and Paul-Louis Spaak, no. 95, ill. p. 152;

    "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. in three parts, May 18, 2004-June 26, 2005, no cat. (see MMA Bulletin 2004);

    "La Colección Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse en The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York / The Pierre & Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," Museo Picasso, Malaga, March 26-June 24, 2007, exh. cat. edited by Bernardo Laniado-Romero, texts by Pierre Schneider and Jonathan Pascoe Pratt, no. 5, pp. 100 (ill.), 158, 159.

  • References

    L[awrence] C[ampbell], "Reviews and Previews-Paul Delvaux," Art News 58, no. 7 (November 1959), p. 12;

    Paul-Aloïse De Bock, Paul Delvaux : L'Homme, Le Peintre: Psychologie d'un Art (Brussels 1967), no. 135, pp. 209 (ill.), 299;

    Bernard Noël, "Les peintres belges de l'imaginaire," XXe Siècle, vol. 34, no. 38 (June 1972), p. 177;

    Jean de Lire, ed., and Irmeline Lebeer (1974 interview with the artist), Paul Delvaux: Voice and Paintings (Brussels 1974), slide 12;

    Suzanne Houbart-Wilkin, "Catalogue de l'Oeuvre peint" in : Michel Butor, Jean Clair, and Suzanne Houbart-Wilkin, Delvaux (Bruxelles 1975), no. 244, ills. pp. 98, 248;

    Barbara Emerson, Delvaux (Antwerp 1985), ill. p. 167;

    Magdalena Dabrowski, William S. Lieberman, and Sabine Rewald, "Selections from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61, no. 4 (Spring 2004), p. 55 (entry by SR), ill.

    Sabine Rewald in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 42-43, 151, ill.

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