The Village of the Mermaids

Studio 360
The World
In 1942, the Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux painted a seaside fantasy scene called The Village of the Mermaids.   The foreground shows several women sitting soberly along a small village street; in the distance, along the beach, there's a surprise.  Judith Kampfner  went into the vaults of the Art Institute of Chicago to see Delvaux's painting and discuss its origin with curator  Stephanie D'Alessandro. (Originally aired: July 05, 2003)