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Balthus
Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
0810921197
March 2002
Paperback
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From Booklist
Balthus is almost as famous for his reclusiveness and reluctance to divulge personal information as for his provocative paintings of young women, a fact his eldest son addresses with some pique in his introduction to this superb volume, the most extensive collection of his father's lustrous and enigmatic work yet published. Klossowski de Rola defends Balthus' insistence on privacy, then offers a few tantalizing biographical facts and a set of striking photographs of the artist. Readers are free, then, to study and interpret Balthus' intriguing, unsettling, brilliantly stylized, richly textured, and strongly composed street scenes, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. His most famous paintings date from the 1930s and 1940s and feature, in his son's words, "languid adolescent" girls, images Klossowski de Rola insists are...


Balthus
Claude Roy
0821223453
October 1996
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French


Balthus Catalogue Raisonne of the Complete Works
Virginie Monnier
0810963949
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
The fact that this 500-page catalogue raisonné was approved by Balthus himself, the most mutable of authorities on his own life and oeuvre, will make it suspect for some historians. And the fact that the texts for the 2,100 black-and-white reproductions are in French (a long, earnest essay by Jean Clair is translated into English) will limit its usefulness for nonacademic readers. But the book is beautiful, and something even better: a cautionary tale about an artist of enormous talent tarnished by unresolved neurosis. As the poet James Fenton wrote of Joseph Cornell, even the most devoted admirer must sometimes turn away, when "the pathology glints from the depths."

Balthus has often lamented that his paintings are mistakenly discussed in terms of their subject matter, but it is the imagery that rudely seizes...



Balthus
Gilles Neret
382282206X
October 2003
Paperback
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Balthus
Jean Clair
0847824101
December 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Balthazar Klossowski, known as Balthus, is largely regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important painters-- as well as the most scandalous. His dreamlike canvases populated with pubescent girls in provocative poses garnered him both praise and scorn from artists and critics alike. This volume, edited by renowned scholar Jean Clair, includes more than 400 color plates and includes essays by the premier experts on Balthus's work and life as well as recollections of the artist by his colleagues and friends.

Since the beginning of his seventy-five year career, he was admired for his extraordinary ability to straddle tradition and modernity, as is evident with his references to Renaissance masters such as Piero della Francesca. His work also revealed ties to early modernism as his first apprenticeships...


Balthus : A Biography
Nicholas Fox Weber
0679407375
October 12, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Balthus is as multifaceted and spellbinding as its subject, the 20th-century painter whose canvasses have been likened both to those of the ethereal Piero della Francesca and sadomasochistic erotica. Biographer Nicholas Fox Weber quotes Oscar Wilde when discussing Balthus's most notorious painting, in which a music teacher violently molests her young pupil: "It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.... And so Balthus claimed to me time and again. If viewers find The Guitar Lesson ... shocking or titillating, repulsive or seductive, they reveal only their own psyches, not his." Balthus repeatedly insisted on noninterpretive, pre-Freudian, stylistic observation of his paintings--mere studies in light and shadow, form and shape, composition and color--or so he would have Weber (and the reader) believe.

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Balthus
Gilles Neret
3822822892
April 2004
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Vanished Splendors: A Memoir
Balthus
006621260X
December 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Before he died late last year at 92, Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, commonly known by his painterly name of Balthus, dictated a disparate collection of brief reminiscences and aphorisms to French journalist Vircondelet, who shaped them into this unusual but evocative memoir. Following a 15-page introduction by Joyce Carol Oates, the text is organized into 107 anecdotes and encounters, ranging in length from a few sentences to three pages of double-spaced type, with two sections of illustrations (not seen by PW). Vircondelet weaves together the disparate elements of the artist's memories, descriptions of process, art historical discourses and statements of religious devotion into a loosely interconnected whole that probes just a few themes with ever-greater depth and feeling. The painter introduces the...


Painter's House: Balthus at the Grand Chalet
Gero Von Boehm, Kishin Shinoyama (Photographer)
3823854720
November 2000
Hardcover
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From the Publisher
The erotic, sensual paintings of Balthus, one of the most enigmatic and poetic figures in twentieth-century art, have commanded a cult following, much like the artist himself, who has fended off all outside intrusions into his private life. In the late 1970s, the aging master finally settled down in the Grand Chalet at Rossinière, a magnificent timber house built in the eighteenth century, and situated 3000 feet above sea level in the Swiss province of Gruyère. Although the house and its occupants have always remained off limits to media and public alike, the ban was lifted for Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama, who was not only allowed to photograph the Grand Chalet, its rooms, and the family life taking place there, but was also admitted into Balthus's studio, his sanctum sanctorum, located in a...


Balthus: In His Own Words
Cristina Carrillo De Albornoz
2843233011
September 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
An insightful and candid portrait of the artist Balthus. Presented in the form of ABC questions, Balthus: In His Own Words reveals his personal universe. "B" for beauty, "H" for Homer, "M" for Mozart, "S" for SOS, Balthus takes us through his intimate thoughts and views on everything from Paris to Chinese calligraphy. Balthus (1908-2001) learned how to paint at the Louvre museum and in Italy. A figurative artist, he gained a reputation for his incisive style and incredible precision. Balthus sometimes spent years on one painting, obsessively observing and re-creating on canvas. Later, he focused on the nude, particularly on adolescent girls, which fell halfway between innocence and perversion. As the last book written in his own words before his death, it has even more significance. The artists's voice shines...


Aristide Maillol
Bertrand Lorquin
8884910439
June 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a brilliant monograph devoted to the early modern sculptor whose bronze figures are collected in major museums as important precursor to modern sculpture movements. Maillol's massive female figures were characterized by massive volume and simplicity of form, a radical departure from 19th century Academic style, that abolished movement and recovered the simplicity of line and volume. This account opens with the artist's promising beginnings as a painter in the late 1890s, and follows Maillol's development as a sculptor through his masterpieces. Here are his first small but refined wooden bas-reliefs and the first small-scale bronzes of the years 1900-1905 that lead up to the large-scale monuments which gave him success and notoriety among both his contemporaries and modern descendants.


Mitsou: Forty images
Balthus
0870993690


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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


Mitsou: Forty Images by Balthus (71246)
Rainer Maria Rilke
0810913208


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A Singular Vision
Cheryl Brutvan
0878466576
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Over a period of four decades, Drs. Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell built a remarkable collection of works by some of the most prominent modernist and contemporary artists in Europe, North America, and Latin America. Guided by their personal taste and a clear preference for figurative art, they acquired over 100 distinguished works, almost none of which belongs to the abstract movements that dominated the art scene during these same years. Taken as a whole, the collection contains a wealth of contrasts and similarities, while the works taken individually are rewarding for their particular expressive features. A Singular Vision features 45 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and pastels from the collection, illustrated in full color, along with an informal discussion of the works independently and as a group. Among...


The Balthus Poems
Stephen Dobyns
0689112793
December 1982
Paperback
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