Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ancient City

Artist:
Paul Delvaux (Belgian, 1897–1994)
Date:
1941
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 3/4 x 42 3/4 in. (78.1 x 108.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Julian J. Aberbach, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.351
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): P. Delvaux 10.41
[Galerie Lou Cosyn, Brussels]; Jan van Heurck, Antwerp (by 1944–at least 1963); [Galerie Jan Krugier, Geneva]; Julian J. Aberbach, New York (by 1975–78; his gift to MMA)

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. "Paul Delvaux," December 16, 1944–January 14, 1945, no. 23 (as "La ville antique," lent by Van Heurck).

London. Redfern Gallery. "Paul Delvaux," April 11–May 11, 1946, no. 5 (as "La Ville antique," lent by Van Heurck).

Antwerp. Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten. "Moderne kunst uit privé collecties van Rotary leden," May 15–June 3, 1963, no. 79 (as "Via Romana Antiqua," lent by Jan van Heurck, Antwerp).

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. "Paul Delvaux," March 29–May 5, 1975, no. 10 (as "Le chemin romain," lent by M. Julian J. Aberbach).

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. "Paul Delvaux," June 7–July 13, 1975, no. 10.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions," October 16, 1979–January 30, 1980.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Paul Delvaux: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Lithographs, Etchings," April 25–June 1, 1980, no. 5 (as "La ville antique [The Ancient City]").

Tucson. University of Arizona, Museum of Art. "Paul Delvaux: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Lithographs, Etchings," June 22–September 18, 1980, no. 5.

Montreal. Galerie de l'Université du Quebec. "Paul Delvaux: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Lithographs, Etchings," October 3–31, 1980, no. 5.

Calgary, Alberta. Glenbow Institute. "Paul Delvaux: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Lithographs, Etchings," November 10–December 10, 1980, no. 5.

Newport Beach, Calif. Newport Harbor Art Museum. "Paul Delvaux: Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Lithographs, Etchings," January 3–March 1, 1981, no. 5.

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 40 (as "The Ancient City").

Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 40.

Barcelona. Fundació Joan Miró. "Antiguitat/modernitat en l'art del segle XX," December 13, 1990–February 10, 1991, unnumbered cat. (p. 79; as "La ciutat antiga [Via Romana Antiqua]").

Roslyn Harbor, N. Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "Surrealism," September 29, 2000–January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (fig. 58; as "La ville antique [The Ancient City]").

Roslyn Harbor, N. Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "Surrealism: Dreams on Canvas," May 26–August 12, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 26).

Émile Langui. Paul Delvaux. Venice, 1949, p. 8, pl. VII, locates it in the van Heurck collection, Brussels.

Louis Kelheim. "Danaïdisme de Delvaux." La Critica d'Arte 8 (September 1, 1949), p. 251, calls it "La ville antique".

Suzanne Houbart–Wilkin in Delvaux. Brussels, 1975, p. 192, no. 111, ill., calls it "La ville antique (Via romana antiqua)"; locates it in the collection of Julian Aberbach, New York.

Jean Clair in Delvaux. Brussels, 1975, pp. 76–78, ill. (color).

Susan Leve in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1975–1979. New York, 1979, p. 72, ill., calls it "La Ville Antique".

Lisa Messinger in Landscape Painting in the East and West. Exh. cat., Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. [Shizuoka–ken], 1986, pp. 100, 293, 360, no. 40, ill. p. 101 (color).

Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 148, colorpl. 125, call it "The Ancient City".

Constance Schwartz in Surrealism. Exh. cat., Nassau County Museum of Art. Roslyn Harbor, N. Y., 2000, pp. 19–20, 90, fig. 58 (color).

Helen A. Harrison. "When Surrealism Spread Its Reach Worldwide." New York Times (October 22, 2000), p. LI13.



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