|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.
Brother and Sister (Frere et Soeur), (CA. 1932)
Oil on paperboard
36 1/4 x 25 5/8 (92.0 x 65.0 cm.)
Galerie Pierre (Pierre Loeb), Paris to 17 January, 1945
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, sale, "Puritz et. al.," 17 January 1945, lot 139 (consigner according to sale catalogue: Galerie Pierre; according to Parke-Bernet records: Luzzatto [probably Silvia Luzzatto (Mrs. Pierre) Loeb]
Mr. Luzzatto [related to Silvia Luzzatto Loeb?], from 17 January 1945
Albert Loeb Gallery, New York, to 21 December 1963
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, New York, 21 December 1963-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966 Exhibitions History
[ALBERT LOEB GALLERY, New York. "Balthus," Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, December 1963].
NEW GALLERY, Hayden Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Balthus," 10 February-2 March 1964, no. 3.
ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO. "Balthus," 21 September-28 October 1964, no. 3.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Kin and Communities: Selected Works from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 14 June-7 August 1977, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Images of Children," 17 August-4 November 1979, no. 11, no cat.
IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Dublin. "A Case for Painting," 26 June-2 November 1997, cat. no. 7, p. 122, colorpl., p. 102.
PALAZZO GRASSI, Venice. "Balthus Retrospective," September 2001-January 2002.
MONNIER, VIRGINIE and JEAN CLAIR. Balthus: Catalogue raisonne de l'oeuvre complet (Paris: Gallimard, 1999), pl. 94, pp. 128-129.
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