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Jean Delville
 
 
 
 
Jean Delville (b Leuven, 19 Jan 1867; d Brussels, 19 Jan 1953).

Belgian painter, decorative artist and writer. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, with Jean-François Portaels and the Belgian painter Joseph Stallaert (1825–1903).

Among his fellow students were Eugène Laermans, Victor Rousseau and Victor Horta. From 1887 he exhibited at L’Essor, where in 1888 Mother (untraced), which depicts a woman writhing in labour, caused a scandal.

Although his drawings of the metallurgists working in the Cockerill factories near Charleroi were naturalistic, from 1887 he veered towards Symbolism: the drawing of Tristan and Isolde (1887; Brussels, Musées Royaux B.-A.), in its lyrical fusion of the two bodies, reveals the influence of Richard Wagner.

Circle of the Passions (1889), inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divina commedia, was burnt c. 1914; only drawings remain (Brussels, Musées Royaux B.-A.). Jef Lambeaux copied it for his relief Human Passions (1890–1900; Brussels, Parc Cinquantenaire).

Delville became associated with Joséphin Péladan, went to live in Paris and exhibited at the Salons de la Rose+Croix, created there by Péladan (1892–5). A devoted disciple of Péladan, he had his tragedies performed in Brussels and in 1895 painted his portrait (untraced).

He exhibited Dead Orpheus (1893; Brussels, Gillion-Crowet priv. col.), an idealized head, floating on his lyre towards reincarnation, and Angel of Splendour (1894; Brussels, Gillion-Crowet priv. col.), a painting of great subtlety.
 
 
 

Satan's Treasures



Portrait of Madame Stuart Merrill, Mysteriosa



The Love of Souls



Orpheus



L'ecole de Platon







The School of Silence



Tristan and Yseult




Mangod




Parsifal




Self-Portrait



Medusa





L'Ange des Splendeurs




Esquisse les nuees

 
 
 
 

Head of a woman




The Divine Comedy




Death




From Darkness to Light



Death




Archangel



Orpheus in the Underworld




The Idol of Perversity




Parsifal






Waiting




The End of a Reign




Portrait de la Sibylle




L'oubli des passions

 
 
 
 



Le porteur de lumiere




Self portrait at the age of 20




Dante Drinking the Waters of the Lethe




The Oracle at Dodona




Portrait of the Grand Master of the Rosicrucians wearing a Surplice




Regeneration



The Sacred Dance




The Wheel of Fortune



The Women of Eleusis




The Swan Girl




Prometheus




The Fruit of our Labours




Hommage




La Liberation







Seraphitus-Seraphita

 
 
 
 
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