Balthus at the Met
Balthus, born Balthazar Klossowski, the Count de Rola, spent his childhood in Paris, constantly surrounded by art. Having lived between Berlin and Switzerland during his teenage years, the artist returned to Paris in 1924 to study Old Master paintings at the Louvre. Today, he is best known for his controversial paintings of adolescent girls. While much has been speculated about the artist’s personal life in relation to his work—he was known to date and marry women half his age—Balthus was fiercely private, even forbidding his family members from speaking with art critics and historians.
Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening an exhibition of the artist’s work, curate by Sabine Rewald, who art critic Jerry Saltz describes as “by far the greatest Balthus scholar ever.” The artist’s most famous and controversial work, The Guitar Lesson, won’t be included in the show. It portrays a woman and young girl in the midst of a music lesson, with the woman’s breast exposed and the young girl’s skirt above her waist.
Not to be missed, Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations marks the first exhibition of the artist’s works in the U.S. in thirty years.
The show opens on Sept 25, 2013 and runs through Jan 12, 2014.
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