Balthus | the artist




The artist Balthus
Born Febr 29 1908, Paris, France.
Died Febr 17 2001 Rossiniere, Switzerland.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Praemium Imperiale Award,

Balthazar Klossowski (Polish-French), known as Balthus, is largely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most important painters—as well as the most scandalous. His dreamlike canvases populated with pubescent girls in provocative poses garnered him both praise and scorn from artists and critics alike.


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The private worlds of day-time reverie and sleep had been the preferred themes of Balthus’s work since the mid-1930s. The young woman here, whose identity is unknown, appears to be in deep slumber…

the Balthus Foundation inaugurated its cultural space at Rossinière with a first exhibition titled "Balthus’ youth".


The aim of the Foundation – whose articles of association were signed by Balthus himself and his wife, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, in late 1998 – is to insure the continuing legacy of the artist, his work, personality and influence.

Works in the MOMA collection
11 Works in the Hirshhorn collection
The model in this painting is Balthus’s niece by marriage, Frédérique Tison. Seventeen years old at the time this work was painted, Frédérique became the artist’s favourite model and muse…


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