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Nougé, Paul (1895 - 1967)

In 1924, Paul Nougé launches ‘Correspondances’ that establishes the birth of the Belgian surrealist movement alongside the painter, René Magritte with whom he desires to completely distinguish themselves from the French Surrealist group.  The Belgian photographer decides to create surprising and disturbing images that separate objects and human beings from their familiar environment. Isolated from reality, objects become incomprehensible and situations absurd - Paul Nougé’s mise en scènes privilege awkwardness: a woman is about to cut her eyelashes, hands come out of a box…Subjects are often depicted asleep as if hypnotized or sleepwalking and there again, the viewer is confronted to an uncanny almost creepy atmosphere that evokes horror films. His work often compared to that of his friend, René Magritte’s, Paul Nougé delivered a similar discourse on reality and the absurd, on presence and absence and both had a same taste for bizarre titles that the photographer often invented for the painter.

Tags / Paul Nouge - Belgian Photographer - Surrealism - Absurd - Mystery
Paul Nougé, The Revealing Arm, 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Revealing Arm, 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Juggler, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Juggler, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The birds are following you, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The birds are following you, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The depth of sleep, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The depth of sleep, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Harvests of Sleep, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Harvests of Sleep, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The Clairvoyants, 1930
Paul Nougé, The Clairvoyants, 1930
Paul Nougé, Coat suspended in space, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, Coat suspended in space, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The birth of the object, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, The birth of the object, c. 1929-1930
Paul Nougé
Paul Nougé
Paul Nougé, Magnetic table, 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, Magnetic table, 1929-1930
Paul Nougé, Cut eyelash, 1929
Paul Nougé, Cut eyelash, 1929
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