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Balthus 1908-2001

Works: 632 works in 1,367 publications in 9 languages and 15,420 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Catalogues raisonnés  Biographies  Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Artist, Interviewee, Other, Costume designer, Dedicatee, Set designer , Creator, Editor, Honoree, Lithographer, Contributor, Engraver
Classifications: ND553.B23, 759.4
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Balthus by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and French and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second revised edition of an illustrated study of the twentieth century painter, Balthus and his work, written by his son who is also the author of GOLDEN GAME: ALCHEMICAL ENGRAVINGS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
Balthus by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola( Book )

21 editions published in 1996 in 3 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a thorough overview of the work of Balthus (b. 1908), the elusive painter whose fascinating images of young women were first greatly admired by the Surrealists, and have remained so today. This controversial artist is exceedingly reclusive, and until the last decade rarely gave interviews or allowed himself to be photographed. As a result, both his life and his work have been the subject of much intrigue and speculation. Now, his eldest son, Stanislas
Balthus : cats and girls by Sabine Rewald( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in German and English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Balthus's lifelong curiosity with the ambiguities and dark side of childhood resulted in his best-known and most iconic works. In these pictures, Balthus (1908-2001) mingles intuition into his young sitters' psyches with overt erotic desire and forbidding austerity, making them among the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence ever committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself. Balthus: Cats and Girls is the first book devoted to this subject, focusing on the early decades of the artist's career from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the artist's life and work, as well as on interviews with Balthus and the models themselves, Sabine Rewald explores the origins and permutations of Balthus's obsessions with adolescents and felines. She addresses the crucial influence of such key figures as poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his mother's lover, who acted as Balthus's surrogate father, but also includes the previously unknown voices of the girl models: their recollections and comments provide a unique perspective on some of the best known and most controversial paintings of the 20th century."--Publisher's description
Balthus : drawings and watercolours by Giovanni Carandente( Book )

11 editions published in 1983 in 3 languages and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the death of Balthus in February 2001, the world lost one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. Born into an aristocratic Polish family in 1908, Balthus grew up amid the most cultivated and artistic circles of Geneva, Berlin, and Paris. Brilliantly precocious, he developed early his dual fascinations with the East and with Europe's old masters - inspirations that show in the poise and peculiar timelessness of his paintings. But his work is also suffused with an eroticism and a sense of mystery that betray more modern influences." "Balthus was an artist of unflinching integrity. Out of step with the modern movement, he pursued his artistic vision in relative obscurity, hailed by only a tiny group of connoisseurs, until the 1960s. By the mid-1980s his work had achieved international renown, but he remained acutely wary of public scrutiny. He believed passionately that his paintings were to be looked at, not read about, or read into. As a result the enigmatic aura of his art came to envelop the man himself - even when, in his later years, he finally let down his guard and allowed journalists and scholars into his magnificent chalet home at Rossiniere in the Swiss Alps." "Following his father's death, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola has written a new introduction to this book, which presents Balthus's most important paintings. New to this expanded edition are Balthus's last painting, The Waiting, and the controversial Guitar Lesson from 1934. Rare photographs show the young Balthus in his studio, while more recent images by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the artist's friend, complete this tribute to one of the great artists of recent times."--Jacket
Balthus, 1908-2001 : the king of cats by Gilles Néret( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in 3 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La vie et les oeuvres du peintre Balthus
Balthus, time suspended : paintings and drawings 1932-1960 by Sabine Rewald( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and German and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Balthus's most important works were created between 1932 and 1960, when he lived in Paris and in Chateau de Chassy; a dilapidated manor in Burgundy. This period started with a scandal: the large-format pictures shown at his first solo exhibition in the Paris Galerie Pierre in 1934 have seemingly familiar motifs - young women standing at windows, receiving music instruction or grooming themselves. But they are charged with an aggressive eroticism that shocked the viewers - and were meant to do so. In the following decades Balthus painted portraits of contemporaries, street scenes and landscapes, and time and again his favorite motif: young girls on the threshold of puberty, that erotic state of uncertainty between childhood and womanhood. Many of these works undisputedly belong to the catalogue of twentieth-century masterpieces." "This volume appears on the occasion of the very first Balthus exhibition in Germany organized by the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, presenting 76 paintings and drawings from Balthus's most creative years."--Jacket
Balthus : works and interview by Mieke Bal( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mieke Bal's analysis is focused in the eerie sense of very real and very unreal that the paintings emanate. She considers this the heart of Balthus's work. Bal argues that the paintings draw the viewer into a world we know not to exist. This canny fictionality makes allegations of erotic appropriation naive and censoring. Reducing Balthus's work to the paintings of nude adolescent girls is, moreover, ignoring his many works that are not in the least focused on this theme. Color, space, genres or history are some of the key concepts that the author put in the center of Balthus's work."--Jacket
Balthus : catalogue raisonné of the complete works by Virginie Monnier( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus by Balthus( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus, ou, La quête de l'essentiel by Semir Zeki( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Item consists of a conversation between Semir Zeki and the artist
Balthus by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in French and English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus et le portrait by Camille Viéville( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dans un siècle qui a souvent malmené le portrait, le peintre Balthus (1908-2001) s'est employé avec détermination à le réhabiliter. Si l'on connaît surtout de cet artiste des variations sur le thème de la jeune fille et ses grandes compositions emplies de Mystère, le portrait joue néamnoins dans son oeuvre, dès les années 1920, un rôle passionnant et singulier. Attirant alors les créateurs les plus divers, le genre suscite un vif débat qui cristallise les antagonismes de la scène artistique:Après la guerre, dans un contexte plus rétif à la figuration, Balthus poursuivra sa voie, explorant plus encore les possibilités du portrait, notamment par le dessin. À partir des années 1930; le peintre développe une pensée esthétique du portrait: marquée par une conception très littéraire. En sont issues des oeuvres qui ont fasciné (les écrivains majeurs tels Antonin Artaud, Pierre Jean Jouve, Pierre Klossowski ou encore A Ibert Camus. Conçus tour à tour comme des créations divinatoires, magiques, nietzschéennes, les portraits de Balthus sont dotés d'un entêtant pouvoir (l'envoûtement. Investissant une multitude de champs - intimité, mondanité, amitiés artistiques et intellectuelles, autoportrait -, leur analyse permet de saisir, dans le travail de l'artiste, le rôle fondamental tenu par l'histoire de la peinture, la complexité des processus plastiques et l'emprise de Balthus sur ses modèles."--Page 4 of cover
Balthus by Palazzo Grassi (Venice)( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in 3 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Balthazar Klossowski, known as Balthus, is largely regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important painters - as well as the most scandalous. His dreamlike canvases populated with pubescent girls in provocative poses garnered him both praise and scorn from artists and critics alike. This volume, edited by renowned scholar Jean Clair, includes more than 400 color plates and includes essays by the premier experts on Balthus's work and life as well as recollections of the artist by his colleagues and friends."--Jacket
Balthus : Leben und Werk by Balthus( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus by Balthus( )

4 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus : Zeichnungen by Balthus( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalogue raisonné
Balthus : Un atelier dans le Morvan, 1953-1961. by Balthus( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in French and Undetermined and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balthus : catalogue raisonné: das Gesamtwerk by Virginie Monnier( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in German and French and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Balthasar Klossowsky

Balthasar Klossowsky 1908-2001


Balthus, 1908-

Balthus artista polaco-francés

Balthus, Balthasar 1908-2001

Balthus Frans kunstschilder (1908-2001)

Balthus French painter

Balthus peintre français

Balthus pictor francez

Balthus piktor francez

Balthus pintor francés

Balthus pittore francese

Balthus polnisch-französischer Maler

Balthus polsko-francouzský malíř

Balthus (Pseud. de Balthazar Klossowski de Rola), 1908-2001

Balthusz 1908-2001


Baltus 1908-2001


Baltusz 1908-2001

Barutyusu 1908-2001

Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola

De Rola, Balthazar Klossowski 1908-2001

Klossonski de Rola, Baltusz

Klossowski, Baltazar.

Klossowski, Balthasar

Kłossowski Balthasar 1908-2001

Kłossowski Balthazar 1908-2001

Klossowski Balthus

Klossowski, Balthus 1908-2001

Klossowski de Rola Balthasar

Kłossowski de Rola Balthasar 1908-2001

Kłossowski de Rola, Balthazar.

Klossowski de Rola, Balthazar 1908-2001

Klossowski, de Rola Balthazar Michel

Klossowski de Rola, Balthazar Michel 1908-2001

Klossowski de Rola Balthus

Klossowski de Rola, Balthus, 1908-

Klossowski de Rola, Baltusz 1908-2001

Klossowski de Rolla, Balthasar.

Klossowski de Rolla, Balthazar

Klossowski, J. 1908-2001

Kossoski de Rola, Balthasar 1908-2001

Rola, Balthasar.

Rola Balthasar Klossowski de

Rola Balthasar Kłossowski de 1908-2001

Rola, Balthazar Klossowski de.

Rola, Balthazar Klossowski de, 1908-2001

Rolla, Balthasar Klossowski de.



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バルテュス 1908-2001