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Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (February 29, 1908 – February 18, 2001), known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist. He is known for his erotically charged images of pubescent girls, but also for the refined, dreamlike quality of his imagery. Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. He insisted that his paintings should be seen and not read about, and he resisted any attempts made to build a biographical profile. A telegram sent to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works read: "NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS B."
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French painter, illustrator and stage designer whose classically-inspired work was out of step with the modern movements of his time. Guided by Derain and Bonnard, Balthus' work often depicts dreamlike interiors with nude figures marked by sexual tension and abandon. His work was praised by the Surrealists and was later rediscovered in the 1960s.
Artist, Count, Illustrator, Painter
Balthus, Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, Balthasar Klossowsky, Balthus Klossowski, Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, Baltusz, Balthus (Baltusz Klossowski de Rola)
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