|Balthazar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001)
Balthus was an esteemed Polish modern artist whose work was ultimately anti-modern.
As he matured in the early 1930s, his paintings often depicted pubescent young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses.
Balthus spent most of his life in France, and as international fame grew he cultivated himself and his past as an enigma.
Prime Ministers and rock stars alike attended the funeral of Balthus. Bono, lead-singer of U2, sang for the hundreds of mourners at the funeral.
His most notorious work, The Guitar Lesson (1934),
which caused controversy in Paris due to its depiction of a sexually explicit lesbian scene featuring a young girl and her teacher.
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