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Balthus

JEUNE FILLE ASSISE; JEUNE FILLE SUR UN FAUTEUIL, 1994

Lithographs on Arches paper
Edition 101/150
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Doyle

From Dessins, with full margins, framed. (2)

Larger 17 3/8 x 25 3/8 inches; 441 x 645 mm.

From Dessins, with full margins, framed. (2)

Larger 17 3/8 x 25 3/8 inches; 441 x 645 mm.

Signature
Signed and numbered 101/150 in pencil
Publisher
Editions de la Tempête and Enrico Navarra, Paris
Balthus
French, 1908–2001
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Balthazar Klossowski, better known as Balthus, bucked the trends of mid-20th century avant-gardism, concentrating on traditional landscapes, still lifes, and portraits in the tradition of the Old Masters. Despite Balthus’s formal conservatism, he became infamous in the 1930s for sexually charged depictions of adolescent girls. Thérèse Dreaming (1930), for instance, features a pre-pubescent girl lost in her own thoughts as she perches one bent leg on a stool, causing her skirt to fall back. Balthus later returned to painting landscapes in the vein of Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet, like The Mountain (1937). Although rendered in a painstakingly realist style, this painting figures among the works—along with The Street (1933)—that prompted some critics to label Balthus as a Surrealist for his depiction of bizarre narrative scenes and dreamlike atmospheres.

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About the work
D
Doyle

From Dessins, with full margins, framed. (2)

Larger 17 3/8 x 25 3/8 inches; 441 x 645 mm.

From Dessins, with full margins, framed. (2)

Larger 17 3/8 x 25 3/8 inches; 441 x 645 mm.

Signature
Signed and numbered 101/150 in pencil
Publisher
Editions de la Tempête and Enrico Navarra, Paris
Balthus
French, 1908–2001
Follow

Balthazar Klossowski, better known as Balthus, bucked the trends of mid-20th century avant-gardism, concentrating on traditional landscapes, still lifes, and portraits in the tradition of the Old Masters. Despite Balthus’s formal conservatism, he became infamous in the 1930s for sexually charged depictions of adolescent girls. Thérèse Dreaming (1930), for instance, features a pre-pubescent girl lost in her own thoughts as she perches one bent leg on a stool, causing her skirt to fall back. Balthus later returned to painting landscapes in the vein of Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet, like The Mountain (1937). Although rendered in a painstakingly realist style, this painting figures among the works—along with The Street (1933)—that prompted some critics to label Balthus as a Surrealist for his depiction of bizarre narrative scenes and dreamlike atmospheres.

Balthus

JEUNE FILLE ASSISE; JEUNE FILLE SUR UN FAUTEUIL, 1994

Lithographs on Arches paper
Edition 101/150
Bidding closed
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