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Balthus

Study for La Leçon de guitare

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sight size 8.5 x 11.75 in. (21.5 x 29.8 cm),
framed.

Literature: Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair, …

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sight size 8.5 x 11.75 in. (21.5 x 29.8 cm),
framed.

Literature: Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair, Balthus: Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1999), catalog number D 449, illustrated p. 220; Sabine Rewald, Balthus, Time Suspended: Paintings and Drawings 1932-1960 (Munich: …

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Unsigned, attributed, titled, and dated "...1934" in the catalogue raisonné (see below), with labels from B.C. Holland Gallery, Chicago, … Read more
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
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Skinner

sight size 8.5 x 11.75 in. (21.5 x 29.8 cm),
framed.

Literature: Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair, …

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sight size 8.5 x 11.75 in. (21.5 x 29.8 cm),
framed.

Literature: Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair, Balthus: Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1999), catalog number D 449, illustrated p. 220; Sabine Rewald, Balthus, Time Suspended: Paintings and Drawings 1932-1960 (Munich: …

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Signature
Unsigned, attributed, titled, and dated "...1934" in the catalogue raisonné (see below), with labels from B.C. Holland Gallery, Chicago, … Read more
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.

Balthus

Study for La Leçon de guitare

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