From the beginning of his long career, Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola's work was singled out for its enigmatic qualities. Committed to figurative painting even as abstraction dominated the art scene, his dream-like canvases garnered him praise from the Surrealists. As he gradually embarked on new, incendiary subject matter - populating his paintings with intimate images of pre-pubescent girls - Balthus trod a thin line between innocence and prurience, and fast became one of the most controversial of painters. This is a survey of Balthus's life and work published to coincide with an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2001, the year of his death. The book explores his many influences, his long Italian sojourns, his contacts with the theatre, and his love of Chinese painting, the essence of which he frequently invoked in his own work. As well as colour illustrations, this volume contains interviews with the artist, recollections from those who knew him, and essays by various art historians.
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Daniel Arasse is the Director of the Musee Picasso in Paris. He is the editor of Balthus's catalogue raisonne and is widely considered the world's foremost authority on the artist's work.
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, London, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good+. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good-. First Edition. Slight wear and bumping to DJ's spine ends and corners. Very heavy book 2kg+, postge within the UK £6 elsewhere please ask for quote before ordering. ; Colour full page plates; 12.05 X 8.58 X 1.65 inches; 495 pages; Text filled with black and white and sepia reproductions of the artist's work. Codice libro della libreria 22135