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Balthus

(bôl`thəs, băl`–), 1908–2001, Polish-French painter, b. Paris as Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola. Balthus is sometimes 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 pubescent girls often accompanied by cats. Many of these works have been charged with prurience and proved extremely controversial. 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
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Balthus was moved by the dreaminess of girls on the cusp of adulthood.
Cuando Balthus pinto Therese dreaming, en 1938, la actividad artistica se hallaba aun protegida por esa jurisdiccion autonoma de la que el cabo Piris nada sabia, convencido como estaba de que podia legislar sobre la esfera estetica en nombre de una superioridad moral a la que nada ni nadie podia resistirse.
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Third, in 1921, Balthus, at the age of 13, published his illustrated book Mitsou, with the preface by Rainer Maria Rilke, about a boy who finds and loses his cat.
Mr Devane cites his key points of reference as the works of Courbet, Chardin, Degas, Balthus and Samuel Beckett.
En pintura admitia afinidades con Uccello, della Francesca, de La Tour, Vermeer, Goya, Matisse, Balthus, Bacon.
The exhibition, Innocence and Experience, includes work by William Blake, Magritte, Bacon, Freud, Balthus and Man Ray .
It reflects the singer and actress's long-standing interest in artists like William Blake, while Magritte, Bacon, Freud and Balthus are also represented, as is Man Ray whose Indestructible Object will be on show - despite fears the famous eye and metronome piece had been broken.
13:30 Head of Lebanese Industrialists Association, Nehmet Efram, hosts lunch banquet in honor of Head of Beirut and Mount Lebanon Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture Chamber, Mohammad Shoucair, for his election as Head of Mediterranean Chamber, Balthus restaurant, Bab Idriss.
Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy and Germany 1918-1936 (Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street) showcases this period with the works of Balthus, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Dix, Hannah Hach, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and August Sander.
He won Newmarket's equine lottery four times in nine years with Rambo's Hall (twice), Balthus and Clifton Fox, a remarkable record that assumes greater resonance with the knowledge that he had fewer than 30 horses in training each season.
Told almost entirely in an insistent second-person voice that mixes Martin's own with the ruminations of his characters, Your Body Figured traces through three parts of the lives of three well-known artistic figures on the cusp of transition: Balthus, metamorphosing from his youth into maturity; and, from their maturity to their respective deaths, Hart Crane and George Dyer, Francis Bacon's longtime lover and model.