[PDF] Download ☆ Balthus: A Biography | by ✓ Nicholas Fox Weber

By Nicholas Fox Weber | Comments: ( 827 ) | Date: ( Apr 09, 2020 )

The first full scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time the self proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits, especially of young girls, are among the most memorable images in contemporary art In 1934 his first exhibition, in Paris, stunned the art world The seven canvaseThe first full scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time the self proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits, especially of young girls, are among the most memorable images in contemporary art In 1934 his first exhibition, in Paris, stunned the art world The seven canvases drew attention to his extraordinary technique a mix of tradition and imagination informed by the work of Piero della Francesca, Courbet, and Joseph Reinhardt, but unique to the twenty six year old artist and to their provocative content one of the paintings, The Guitar Lesson, was so powerful in its sadomasochistic imagery that it was deemed necessary to remove it from public display Continuously since then, Balthus s work has provoked both great opprobrium and profound admiration as has the artist himself, whether collaborating with Antonin Artaud on his Theater of Cruelty, transforming the Villa Medici into the social center of Fellini s Rome in the 1950s, or competing for the artistic limelight with his friends Picasso and Andre Derain The artist s complexities are clarified and his genius understood in a book that derives its particular immediacy from Weber s long and intense conversations with Balthus who never previously consented to discuss his life and work with a biographer as well as his interviews with the painter s closest friends, members of his family, and many of the subjects of his controversial canvases.


  • Title: Balthus: A Biography
  • Author: Nicholas Fox Weber
  • ISBN: 9780679407379
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Nicholas Fox Weber

Nicholas Fox Weber is a cultural historian and Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation He has written extensively about both Josef and Anni Albers and curated many major exhibitions and retrospectives dedicated to their work He is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale University and author of fourteen books including Patron Saints, The Art of Babar, The Drawings of Josef Albers, The Clarks of Cooperstown, Balthus, Le Corbusier A Life, and The Bauhaus Group.



Comments Balthus: A Biography

  • Crystal

    I found this book to be strangely disappointing. Weber appears to have a very conflicted relationship with his subject. He often notes that friends of the artist were frustrated by the fact that Balthus had an uncanny ability to 'take people in.' For some reason, Weber seems to think he should be immune to this charm. But he isn't - and that manifests in the biography as an irritating tendency to second guess his subject in an incredibly petty fashion. Why weber simply did not admit that Balthus [...]


  • Ann

    This book is really annoying. I am beginning to wonder who is more annoying, the author or the subject.


  • George

    Entertaining and far-fetched due to the painter's tendency to re-write his own biography according to inner compulsions that the biographer doesn't fully accept.


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