CATS AND GIRLS – PAINTINGS AND PROVOCATIONS, BALTHUS AT MET
Posted on September 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff
“NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS. B.”
In this telegram sent to Tate Gallery in 1968 while a big retrospective of his work was on preparation, Balthasar Klossowski, also known as Balthus, was just following his values. Rejecting the usual conventions of the art world and resisting any attempts made to write a biographical profile about him. His paintings were the only thing entitled to talk and give explanations. Balthus is best known for his series of “dreamers”: beautiful secluded adolescents surrounded by their every day life doing nothing, or reading, or playing with cats. Especially for those who loves the “girlie” way and Sophia Coppola’s Films, The Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting, from September 25, this small and well edited Balthu’s exhibition of approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. Because being an adolescent in the past, it was a state of grace that this master painter portrayed in the best possible way. Dream on dreamer.