Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (Balthus), 1908-2001: The King of Cats (Taschen Basic Art)

By Gilles Neret

FRENCH-GERMAN PAINTER count number BALTHASAR KLOSSOWSKI DE ROLA (1908-2001), referred to as BALTHUS, surprised THE PARISIAN paintings global IN 1934 together with his DREAMY, SENSUAL, NEO-CLASSICAL graphics OF NYMPHETS AT A TIME while SURREALISM AND ABSTRACTION have been DE RIGUEUR. AS A PROVOCATEUR, BALTHUS was once frequently SCORNED; AS AN ARTIST, HE used to be generally EMBRACED AS A PRODIGY. in line with CRITICS OF HIS REALIST sort, BALTHUS acknowledged: ""THE actual isn't really WHAT you think that you notice. you'll be able to BE A REALIST OF the bogus AND A FIGURATIVE PAINTER OF THE INVISIBLE."" HIS EROTIC, POETIC work survive AS EXAMPLES OF the easiest FIGURATIVE paintings OF the fashionable ERA.

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