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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.

 

 

 


War and Afterwar (1940-1953)
 

 


Le Gotteron
1943

 


Study for "The Card Game"
1947

 


The Game of Patience
1947

 


Study for "The Happy Days"
1944

 


The Happy Days
1944

 


Girl
1946

 


The Room
1948

 


Girl at the Mirror
1948

 


Girl at her Toilet
1948

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