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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.

 

 

 


Chassy (1953-1961)
 

 


The Room
1954

 


The Dream I
1955

 


Nude in front of a Mantel
1955

 


Colette in Profile
1954

 


The Couttyard of the Farm
1954

 


Colette assise
1954

 


Léna aux bras croisés
1954

 


Study for "The Three Sisters"
1954

 


Study for "The Three Sisters"
1954

 


The Three Sisters
1955

 


The Three Sisters

 


The Three Sisters
1955

 


Study for "The Waking up"
1955

 


The Waking up
1955

 


Girl with Folded Arms
1955

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