Sunday, February 21, 2010
Balthazar Klossowski de Rola (29 February 1908 in Paris – 18 February 2001), known as Balthus was an esteemed Polish/French modern artist.
Balthus' style is primarily classical and academic. Though his technique and compositions were inspired by pre-renaissance painters, there are also eerie intimations reminiscent of contemporary surrealists like de Chirico. Painting the figure at a time when figurative art was largely ignored, he is widely recognised as an important 20th century artist.
Many of his paintings show young girls in an erotic context. Balthus insisted that his work was not pornographic, but that it just recognized the discomforting facts of children's sexuality.