|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.
The Living Room
Date: 1941 - 1943
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.44-1/2 x W.57-3/4 in.
Although his first exhibition was in a Surrealist gallery and he had many friends among the Surrealists, Balthus never adopted the methods of Surrealism. He has no interest in visual puns, automatism, abstraction, or other facets of the Surrealist program. What he does share with Surrealism is an interest in eroticism as a central fact of psychic life. His constant theme is the self-absorbed, dawning sexuality of the virginal adolescent.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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