Les Beaux Jours is a painting created by Balthus during the years of 1944 and 1945. The artwork depicts a pubescent girl seated in a chair, looking away pensively. This painting is among the most famous works of Balthus’s oeuvre, known for his portrayal of young girls in voyeuristic situations, causing controversy in some circles.
The painting showcases a style that reveals the fine lines between innocence and sensuality. It can be compared to Thérèse Blanchard, another subject portrayed by Balthus in many of his paintings. Les Beaux Jours has attracted numerous art enthusiasts worldwide who have come to appreciate its unique blend of skillful composition and intricate use of light.
Along with the main artwork, there are various studies done by Balthus that show how he developed this masterpiece over time. Additionally, Les Beaux Jours’s popularity inspired many works from contemporary artists through various mediums such as dance productions that depict and explores different aspects of Balthus’s paintings.