Catalogue entry

Balthus born 1908

T00297 Dormeuse (Sleeping Girl) 1943

Inscribed 'Balthus 1943' b.l.
Oil on millboard, 31 3/8 x 38 3/4 (79.5 x 98.5)
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959
Prov: Henri Bernstein, Paris; Mme Georges Gruber, Paris; Friends of the Tate Gallery
Exh: Balthus, Galerie Georges Moos, Geneva, November 1943 (12) as 'Dormeuse'; Balthus, Tate Gallery, October-November 1968 (21)
Repr: Cahiers d'Art, 1945-6, p.206 as 'Jeune Femme endormie'; Simon Wilson, The Surrealists (London 1974), pl.3; Simon Wilson, Surrealist Painting (London 1975), pl.17 in colour

Pierre Courthion noted in his foreword to the Galerie Moos catalogue of 1943: 'At the last moment I was able to see unpacked, at the Galerie Moos, the two most recently finished paintings by Balthus: the "Dormeuse" - whose treatment has a certain atmosphere of the French Revolution - and the great "Patience".'

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.31, reproduced p.31