Balthazar Klossowski, better known by his pseudonym Balthus, was a French painter who challenged traditional European painting categories. He was born in Paris in 1908 to a Polish father and an artistic mother. As a child, he was exposed to the Parisian cultural and artistic elite and befriended prominent figures of the 1920s.
Balthus rejected typical conventions of the art world and is known for his erotically charged paintings of pubescent girls. His mature work is filled with depictions of girls with strong erotic tones. While controversial, his art is recognized for its brilliance and originality.
Throughout his career, Balthus explored different styles and techniques, including cubism, but ultimately had a unique style that distinguished him from other artists. He maintained an interest in classical painting while embracing modernist tendencies.
Despite criticism from some circles over his portrayal of young girls in sexualized situations, Balthus’s work remains influential today. His contributions to traditional European painting categories cannot be overlooked as they have inspired many contemporary artists worldwide.
All Balthus Artwork on Artchive
|La rue||1933-35||Oil on Canvas|
|Autoportrait||1940||Oil on Canvas|
|Le salon||1942||Oil on Canvas|
|Le passage du Commerce Saint-Andre||1952-54||Oil on Canvas|
|Les beaux jours||1944-45||Oil on Canvas|
|Le Chat au miroir III||1989-94||Oil on Canvas|