Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola)

1908–2001

Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola), ‘Nude on a Chaise Longue’ 1950
Nude on a Chaise Longue 1950
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Biography

Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (February 29, 1908 – February 18, 2001), known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist. He is known for his erotically charged images of pubescent girls, but also for the refined, dreamlike quality of his imagery.

Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. He insisted that his paintings should be seen and not read about, and he resisted any attempts made to build a biographical profile. A telegram sent to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works read: "No Biographical details. Begin: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. Now let us look at the pictures. Regards. B".

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Balthus: a personal view

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