Paul Delvaux studied both architecture and painting at the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Brussels between 1916 and 1917. He discovered Surrealism through the work of de Chirico and Magritte. His visits to Italy in 1938 and 1939 will also leave a profound mark into his work. From 1950 to 1962, Delvaux was professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art et d’Architecture in Brussels. From 1965 to 1966, Delvaux served as president and director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts of Belgium.