Artist Catalogue: Victor Delhez

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Victor Delhez was born in Antwerp, one of seven children from a wealthy Antwerp family. From 1916-18 he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and from 1918-23 he was a student at the Faculty of Exact Sciences at the University of Louvain. He graduated as an agronomist with chemistry as his primary subject. He began exhibiting his caricatures and surrealist works on paper during this period. In addition, his first series of prints was published in Antwerp in 1925.

In 1925 Delhez's life changed. His parents were killed in a car crash so he gave up his job as manager of his father's motorcar company and decided to move to South America. In Buenos Aires, (1926-1933), he worked as a draughtsman, architect and contractor. While actively pursuing his engraving career he then decided to move to Bolivia. There, in conjunction with his friend Edgar Ernalsteen, he produced a first set of forty illustrations for the gospel and illustrated Lord Dunsady's "A Dreamer's Tale". During the late 1930s he continued refining his wood engraving technique and moved to Chacras de Coria, Argentina in 1940. His most famous work originated here and he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, National University of Cuyo. He lived in Chacras de Coria for the rest of his life. His days as the itinerant artist were over.

Since 1926, Delhez's work has been shown in innumerable print exhibitions and his work can be found in many museum collections including Brussels, Antwerp (Plantin-Moretus), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. His editions are remarkably small, normally only eight impressions per block. He signed the prints with the reference "epreuve d'artiste" signifying these impressions are from the edition of eight. His range of subjects include Dostoevsky, Baudelaire, the Dance of Death theme, architecture, Lord Dunsady's "A Dreamer's Tale," self portraiture and of course, the Bible. The series "Apocalypse" ('Book of Revelation') is a masterpiece of 20th century graphic art. This, along with "Architecture and Nostalgia," show the artist at his best: a technician, an architect, a dreamer, a poet, a comic and a thinker. We are pleased to offer these exceptional prints for sale to our clients.

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Architecture and Nostalgia XVII -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia XVII
Wood engraving, circa 1955, small edition. 15 x 11 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". This series of architectural fantasies occupied Delhez throughout his life.
$1,200

Architecture and Nostalgia, #1 -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia, #1
Wood engraving, 1949, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Also inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression of this major work. Full margins. Fine condition. A symbolic vision of Venice.
SOLD

Architecture and Nostalgia, #25 -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia, #25
Wood engraving, 1973, small edition. 15 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$1,000

Architecture and Nostalgia, #6 -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia, #6
Wood engraving, 1955, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$1,200

Architecture and Nostalgia, #8 -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia, #8
Wood engraving, 1955, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in very good condition. (Old tape stains at corner of sheet and at sides of sheet.) Full margins.
SOLD

Architecture and Nostalgia, #9 -  DELHEZ

Architecture and Nostalgia, #9
Wood engraving, 1955, small edition. 14 7/8 x 11 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuvre d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$1,200

Bard -  DELHEZ

Bard
Wood engraving, 1939, small edition. 11 7/8 x 9 in. Signed in pencil and initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in very good condition. Two small repairs at left margin edges. Depicted is the skull of a poet. The design of the skull is mimicked in the hill behind it.
SOLD

Book of Revelation, VI (12-16), Cosmic Darkness -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, VI (12-16), Cosmic Darkness
Wood engraving, 1957, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$1,200

Book of Revelation, VIII (10-11), Absinth Angel -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, VIII (10-11), Absinth Angel
Wood engraving, 1957, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$1,200

Book of Revelation, XII (7-12), War in Heaven -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, XII (7-12), War in Heaven
Wood engraving, 1957, small edition. 15 5/8 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition with full margins.
$1,200

Book Of Revelation, XIX, (1-8), Meeting of the Kings in Heaven -  DELHEZ

Book Of Revelation, XIX, (1-8), Meeting of the Kings in Heaven
Wood engraving, undated (1950-60), small edition. 15 3/4 x 13 in. Signed in pencil and inscribed "epreuve d'etat." A fine impression in very good condition. Minor tape stains at top of margin.
$1,200

Book of Revelation, XVI (4-5), The Third Cup -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, XVI (4-5), The Third Cup
Wood engraving, 1960, small edition. 15 5/8 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed in pencil "5 de staat." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
SOLD

Book of Revelation, XX (4-6) The Millennium -  DELHEZ

Book of Revelation, XX (4-6) The Millennium
Wood engraving, undated (1950-60), small edition. 15 5/8 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste."
$1,200

Clouds -  DELHEZ

Clouds
Wood engraving, 1941, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression of this large print. Fine condition. Full margins. # 5 from the series "Studies Without Support" (also called "Torbellinos").
SOLD

Cosmos -  DELHEZ

Cosmos
Woodcut, 1925, edition 225, as published in Antwerp by J.E. Buschmann. 9 x 12 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression in excellent condition. Full margins. Delhez was born in Antwerp but moved to Argentina in 1927 where he lived the rest of his life. He was an influential modernist and organized many shows focusing on modernism and surrealism. He was appointed professor of printmaking in Buenos Aires in 1933.
SOLD

Cybernetiek -  DELHEZ

Cybernetiek
Wood engraving, 1956, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuvre d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. From the series "Danse Macabre".
$850

Dance of Death XXVI, Art & Science -  DELHEZ

Dance of Death XXVI, Art & Science
Wood engraving, 1946, small edition. 11 7/8 x 9 in. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste."
$1,200

Dance of Death XXVIII, The Seventh Veil -  DELHEZ

Dance of Death XXVIII, The Seventh Veil
Wood engraving, 1949, small edition. 12 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Breughel and film making converge in a bizarre vision of sex and relationships. Sigmund Freud is present in the crowded set.
$850

Dance of Death XXX, Self Portrait -  DELHEZ

Dance of Death XXX, Self Portrait
Wood engraving, 1948, small edition. 12 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$850

Danse of Death XV, Winter -  DELHEZ

Danse of Death XV, Winter
Wood engraving, 1942, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. This image was inspired by the German campaign against the Soviet Union during WWII.
SOLD

Graphic Arts -  DELHEZ

Graphic Arts
Wood engraving, 1946, small edition. 12 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste...3me etat." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. This early self portrait shows the artist at work in his first studio in Chacras de Coria near Mendoza, Argentina.
SOLD

He Who Returned -  DELHEZ

He Who Returned
Wood engraving, 1941, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed in pencil and initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins (somewhat narrow on the sides). This print was inspired by Baudelaire but not included in Delhez's rendition of "Les Fleurs du Mal."
$850

La Ronde -  DELHEZ

La Ronde
Wood engraving, 1942, small edition. 15 5/8 x 12 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. Fine condition. #2 from the series "Studies Without Support" (also called "Torbellinos") The scene depicted is a kind of ring dance with mythical overtones.
SOLD

Modernist Sheep -  DELHEZ

Modernist Sheep
Woodcut, 1925, edition 225 as published in Antwerp by J.E. Buschmann. 4 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression in excellent condition. Full margins.
SOLD

Portrait of the Artist as Ulenspiegel -  DELHEZ

Portrait of the Artist as Ulenspiegel
Wood engraving, undated, Small edition. 12 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." The character "Thyl Ulenspiegel" is well-known in Flemish folklore. He is a person who tells the truth in the form of a joke, holding a mirror to the people. The first appearance of Ulenspiegel has its origins in the Middle Ages. But the most famous one is the 19th century novel by Charles de Coster, written in French, a book that was considered revolutionary at the time. Ulenspiegel is, in this book, a young Protestant fighting the Spanish rulers and the Roman Catholic Church. This was a favorite book of the artist. Telling the "truth" in a hidden form pleased Delhez very much.
$850

Rejected -  DELHEZ

Rejected
Wood engraving, 1941, small edition. 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil and initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuvre d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition with substantial margins. Sarcastically depicted here are Asa Cheffetz, Peggy Bacon and Todros Geller. They were the judges for the 7th International Exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1939. They are shown viewing Victor Delhez's triple portrait from 1939 which was rejected by the panel. In the background is the symbol of justice.
SOLD

Scherzo in Gold -  DELHEZ

Scherzo in Gold
Wood engraving, 1948, small edition. 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil and also initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. This brilliant parody on the concept of the "Golden Number" depicts a professor with the skull of a parrot and five students. The print is constructed around several pentagrams.
SOLD

Self Portrait -  DELHEZ

Self Portrait
Wood engraving, 1941, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. This outstanding work was done in Chacras de Corio, Argentina, where he maintained his studio .
SOLD

Self Portrait -  DELHEZ

Self Portrait
Wood engraving, circa 1975, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste" in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. An engaging, later work.
$850

Stone Series # 3 (Steen 3) -  DELHEZ

Stone Series # 3 (Steen 3)
Wood engraving, 1944-45, Breda catalogue 612, small edition. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. Signed in pencil and inscribed "epreuve d'artiste." This is a very fine impression with the details printing clearly. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This series of blockprints by Delhez is a tribute to his friend, the Latin American sculptor Lorenzo Dominquez (1901-1963). In dramatic fashion, this print is a meditation on the relationship of the graphic arts to other art forms, most notably, sculpture and architecture. The sculptor and his wife are in the lower left, the engraver is also there in the foreground on the right, looking left. This is a tour de force of engraving and a great example of Delhez's work. We have many other prints and welcome your inquiry.
$1,200

The Rich Fool -  DELHEZ

The Rich Fool
Wood engraving, 1948, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed in pencil "epreuve d'artiste." A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. From the Gospel according to Saint Luke XII (19-21).
SOLD

The Seventh Veil (De Zevende Sluier) -  DELHEZ

The Seventh Veil (De Zevende Sluier)
Wood engraving, 1949, small edition. 11 7/8 x 9 in. Signed in the block with the monogram. Signed and titled in pencil and inscribed, "épreuve d'artiste." This is a fine, dramatic impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is plate XXVIII from Delhez's Danse Macabre series. Essentially, it's a study in psychoanalysis with a woman on a table and the doctor behind her. Delhez was fascinated by film and cinematography and this complex, bizarre vision reflects this interest.
$850

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend) -  DELHEZ

Three Virtues (Drie Deugend)
Wood engraving , 1943, Breda catalogue # 490, edition unknown. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "épeuve d'artiste." This is is a fine impression with full margins. The paper is a cream colored wove which is typically what Delhez printed on. His editions were always very small and each impression is usually inscribed as an artists proof. This early work from his Danse Macabre series, also called Dodendans, is exemplary of Delhez's interest in humor and the macabre. This is his version of the Chinese proverb, "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil."
$850

To Be Or Not To Be -  DELHEZ

To Be Or Not To Be
Wood engraving, 1948, small edition. 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil and initialed in the block. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
$850

Tree Study -  DELHEZ

Tree Study
Woodcut, 1925, edition 225, as published in Antwerp by J.E. Buschmann. 9 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression on off-white wove paper. Full margins. Fine condition.
SOLD

Untitled -  DELHEZ

Untitled
Wood engraving, 1939, small edition. 11 3/4 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Initialed in the plate. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste" in pencil. A fine impression in very good condition. Small stain in upper and lower margin, both well apart from the image. This triple portrait shows the artist working on a wood engraving and looking at a sculpture of himself made by Lorenzo Dominguez.
SOLD

Walkure -  DELHEZ

Walkure
Wood engraving, 1942, small edition. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. #7 from the series "Studies Without Support" (also called "Torbellinos"). The use of textile is here used to show the "leader" of the group. The "Walkure" is a mythical group from the old German religion and they were "war ladies". Wagner also used them in "Der Ring des Nibelungen".
SOLD


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