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Balthus

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(February 29, 1908 in Paris – February 18, 2001 in Rossinière, Switzerland)

French painter, illustrator and stage designer. Appreciated for many years by only a handful of collectors, and ostensibly out of step with the modern movement, Balthus’s classically inspired work won the recognition and admiration of a wider public only late in his career. Although he received no formal training, he came from a highly artistic family background. His father, Erich Klossowski (1875–1949), was a painter and art historian, born to an aristocratic family in East Prussia and the author of a book on Daumier; his brother, PIERRE KLOSSOWSKI, was to become a painter and writer; and his mother, Elizabeth Spiro, was also a painter. Beginning in 1919, she engaged, under the name of Baladine, in a long-lasting relationship with the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, providing etchings to accompany many of his poems. In this environment Balthus met the writers André Gide and Pierre-Jean Jouve, as well as Pierre Bonnard, who gave him his earliest guidance. Rilke also acted as Balthus’s mentor, writing the preface for an album of drawings by the 13-year-old artist entitled Mitsou (Zurich, 1921), the story of a cat in which narrative themes and stylistic traits of the later work are already apparent.

 

 

 


Before the War (1932-1939)
 

 


Girl with Candlestick

 


Woman with a Blue Belt
1937

 


Joan Miro and his Daughter Dolores
1937

 


Still Life
1937

 


Portrait of Pierre Matisse
1938

 


Therese Dreaming
1938

 


Therese
1938

 


Therese on a Bench-seat
1939

 


The Bernese Hat
1939

 


Larcbant
1939

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