Balthus


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Balthus

(bôl`thəs, băl`–), 1908–2001, Polish-French painter, b. Paris as Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola. Balthus is widely regarded as one of the most important figurative painters of the modern era. He began painting as a young man and had his first one-man show in 1934. Balthus soon developed extraordinary technical skill and a distinctive style, producing poetic, calm, yet erotically charged and oddly disorienting paintings. Many of them are extremely large with thickly built-up surfaces and feature dreamy, sensual, and enigmatically posed adolescent girls often accompanied by cats. His other typical subjects are brooding landscapes and distinctive portraits. Balthus was also known for his stage designs. His elder brother, Pierre Klossowski, 1905–2001, was a writer, translator, artist, and filmmaker.

Bibliography

See his memoirs (2002); biography by N. F. Weber (1999); S. Rewald, Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations (museum catalog, 2013).

Balthus

real name Balthasar Klossowski de Rola. 1908--2001, French painter of Polish descent, noted esp for his paintings of adolescent girls
References in periodicals archive ?
Early on, Weber describes Balthus warning him not to be over-biographical or psychoanalytical in his book.
Jeremy Glover, Captain Scott's trainer, has an outstanding record in the Cambridgeshire, having won with Balthus in 1987, Rambo's Hall in both 1989 and 1992, and Clifton Fox in 1996.
At his first one-man show in Paris in 1934, Balthus caused a stir with Guitar Lesson, a painting of a half-naked girl spreadeagled over the knees of an older woman.
Nevertheless, Klossowski's delicate and perverse drawings remain marginalia in the history of Surrealism, in part because his allegorical, erotic art has been overshadowed by the fame of his younger brother, Balthus.
776), or other volumes, and either overtly or more indirectly, develop an intertextual play of great delicacy, linking her vision and poetics to those of writers and painters as different as Coleridge and Holderlin, Balthus and Rembrandt, Levinas and Fragonard.
Davenport and Simic seem to be present even as they enter the art of Balthus and Cornell.
It was also during this period that Barragan became interested in the work of the metaphysical painters Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carra, Giorgio Morandi and the magic realist painters, Paul Delvaux, Pierre Roy, and Balthus, and their abilities to convey subconscious dreams and emotions in their work.
Also currently featured on the site is, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and illustrated with a series of drawings by Balthus.
From 1947 he spent two formative years in Paris, where he met Leger, Arp, Braque, Brancusi, Balthus, Giacometti and Tzara, and discovered Existentialism.
Until Mar 30 Dancing with Virtuoso: Balthus, Caspar David Friedrich, Giorgio Morandi, and Kathe Kollwitz, Works on Paper
Apostate from abstraction; doubter of heroic "American-type" painting in the fifties and sixties; anti-progressivist champion of underdog artists from Andre Derain and Balthus to Jean Helion and Alberto Giacometti: the American painter Leland Bell (1922-1991) was a natural dissenter from prevailing trends, a heretic in the face of aesthetic orthodoxies.
Collector Ms Natasha Gelman, who died on Saturday in Cuernavaca, Mexico, aged 86, left 85 works by Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Balthus, Modigliani and two dozen other masters.