Friday, October 21, 2011

Balthus ; (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola)

A Saia Branca (The White Skirt)
oil on canvas
130 x 162 cm
Private Collection

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001), known as Balthus, French painter. From a highly cultivated family background, he began painting at the age of sixteen.
In his canvases, time is frozen, the traffic of life is stilled, gestures are suspended before they can declare their purpose: the scene is there to be uncovered by anyone who can find mystery in the anodyne.

He met Rilke - who wrote the preface for a collection of his drawings and Bonnard who was a strong influence on him.
Albert Camus wrote in 1949 in the preface to one of Balthus's rare exhibitions; 'We did not know how to see reality and all the disturbing things our apartments, our loved ones and our streets conceal'.