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Balthus at Gagosian Paris

Art | February 11, 2015 |

001Balthus, Untitled, c. 1990-2000. © Harumi Klossowska, image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, Ph. Robert McKeever

Balthus at Gagosian Paris

Following the initial presentation of “Balthus: The Last Studies” at Gagosian New York at the time of the Metropolitan Museum‘s retrospective “Balthus: Cats and Girls” in 2013, Gagosian Paris is pleased to announce a career-spanning exhibition of Balthus’s paintings, drawings, and photographs. Prepared in collaboration with artist’s estate, this will be the first exhibition of his work in Paris since the 1983–84 retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

002Balthus, Jeune fille à la mandoline, 2000-2001. © Harumi Klossowska, image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, Ph. Benoit Peverelli

Balthus was the reclusive painter of charged and disquieting narrative scenes, whose inspirative sources and embrace of exquisitely rigorous technique reach back to the early Renaissance, though with a subversive modern twist. Working independently of avant-garde movements such as Surrealism, he turned to antecedents including Piero della Francesca and Gustave Courbet, appropriating their techniques to depict the physical and psychic struggles of adolescence.

004Balthus, Untitled, c. 1990-2000. © Harumi Klossowska, image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, Ph. Robert McKeever

Casting viewers as voyeurs of pubescent female subjects brooding with uneasy dreams, he scandalized Parisian audiences with his first gallery exhibition in 1934. In his interior portraits, street scenes, and landscapes of the next seventy years, Balthus cultivated a self-taught classicism as a framework for more enigmatic artistic investigations.

003Balthus, study for La Partie de cartes, 1947. © Harumi Klossowska, image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, Ph. Robert McKeever

Balthus’s first major museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Other museum exhibitions of note include Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (1966); Tate Gallery, London (1968); La Biennale di Venezia (1980); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980); Centre Georges Pompidou (1983–84, traveled to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (1984); Musée cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne (1993); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2001); and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (2014, traveled to Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art). His work has been the subject of two major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: “Balthus” (1984); and “Balthus: Cats and Girls” (2013–14).

From January 14 to February 28, 2015.

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