Nancy Schwartz Fine Art

Balthus

(français, 1908 - 2001)

girl with raised hands (michelina) by balthus

Balthus

Girl with Raised Hands (Michelina), 1973

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Biographie

Chronologie

1908
Born February 29 in Paris, France as Balthasar Klossowski
1922
Executed some maquettes of settings for a Chinese play he proposed to the Staatstheater in Munich
1930
Spent several weeks with his friends the Wattevilles. He fell in love with Antoinette, and painted her portrait. In October, he was called up to perform his military service in the French army. He was drafted in the 4th régiment de tirailleurs marocains (Moroccan artillery), at Kenitra, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco
1933
rented the studio of the Swiss architect Jeanneret, Le Corbusier's cousin, at 4, Rue de Furstenberg. He became friends with Pierre-Jean Jouve
1936
August: Balthus traveled with Pierre Jean Jouve to Soglio, in Engadine
1937
2 April: married Antoinette de Watteville
1943 - 1946
Spent time in Switzerland, then returned to Paris
1946
Balthus separated permanently from Antoinette and moved back to Paris. November-December: exhibition at the gallery Beaux-Arts organized by Henriette Gomès
1947
Summer: trip with André Masson in the south of France. On the Côte d'Azur met up again with Lacan, Sylvia Bataille, Picasso, Françoise Gillot. On that occasion he met Laurence Bataille of whom he made several portraits. Balthus became friends with Albert Camus and Paul Eluard
1948
Albert Camus asked him to design the sets and costumes for L'Etat de Siège directed by Jean-Louis Barrault

Expositions

1999
Exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts of Dijon
1996 - 1997
Exhibition at the Accademia Valentino in Rome
1996
Retrospective at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid
1995
Traveling exhibition in Hong Kong (Museum of Art), Beijing (Palace of Fine Arts) and Taipei (Fine Art Museum)
1994
Retrospective of drawings at the Kunstmuseum of Bern
1993
Retrospective at the Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts of Lausanne
1982
First retrospective of works on paper at Spoleto, curated by Giovanni Carandente. Publication of Balthus by Jean Leymarie, first exhaustive catalog of the paintings (Skira, Genève). La Montagne was received in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York
1971
October - November: major exhibition at the gallery Claude Bernard in Paris of drawings executed in Rome, with a preface by Jean Leymarie
1968
October - November: retrospective at the Tate Gallery in London, curated by John Russel. Began Katia lisant
1958
First exhibitions in Italy, in Turin and Rome. Le Drap Bleu, several still lifes and landscapes